Eddie Stobart, the new employer of Tesco drivers in Doncaster, have been accused of 'walking away' from negotiations by union Unite.
The drivers, at the supermarket's distribution centre, are now gearing up for a 72-hour strike next week. Unite says 180 drivers will be striking for three days - from Wednesday to Friday. There will be disruption to Tesco deliveries across the region.
Stobart’s had a real opportunity to settle this damaging dispute which is hitting its client, Tesco by coming forward with a fair offer – but they threw their toys out of the pram in a fit of pique and walked away.Our members, who face losing their jobs by Christmas, will be striking for three days to save their jobs. The strike starts at 00.15 on Wednesday and runs for 72 hours.
Unite is keen to negotiate a fair and just settlement – but ESL has shown a lack of seriousness in trying to settle this dispute.”
Union leaders today rejected an offer put forward by trucking giants Eddie Stobart aimed at settling the Tesco drivers' dispute in South Yorkshire.
The offer was described as "very disappointing" after talks between Unite and Stobart ended in stalemate.
About 180 drivers at Tesco's site in Doncaster took two days of strike action last week over fears for their jobs. Union leaders have refused to rule out further industrial action. No one at Stobarts was available for comment. We have spoken to Harriet Eisner from Unite.
Talks aimed at averting fresh strikes by drivers at a Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster will be held this week.
About 180 members of Unite say they face losing their jobs after being transferred to new employers, Eddie Stobart Ltd, in August. They claim notices of termination of employment were issued soon afterwards, with no promise that they would be re-employed.
The drivers held a 48-hour strike last week and will take further action on Thursday and Friday unless the row is resolved.
David Pickering, Eddie Stobart managing director, said a commitment had been given for more than 120 alternative driving roles within the Stobart Group, while Tesco had offered an additional 90 warehousing jobs in the Yorkshire region.
More than 180 drivers at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster are going on strike for 48 hours.
The strike follows a vote in favour of industrial action, after the drivers' new employers, Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL) issued 90-days' notice of termination of employment last month.
The drivers are furious at the way they have been treated by this callous management which seems hell-bent on throwing them onto the dole queue by Christmas. The strike action will severely disrupt supplies to Tesco stores across the region. But Tesco has only itself to blame since it washed its hands of the drivers when it transferred them to Eddie Stobart in August. More strikes are on the cards until this dispute is resolved."
Tesco have released a statement after unions announced a 48 hour strike over job cuts at a distribution centre in Doncaster.
"We understand talks are ongoing between Eddie Stobart Ltd and the union, and we hope that both parties can agree a way forward to avoid industrial action. If the strike does go ahead, we do not expect it to cause disruption for our customers as we have a robust contingency plan in place."
More than 180 drivers at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster will strike for 48 hours next week, disrupting supplies to Tesco stories across the region. The strike will start at 00:05 on Tuesday, 9 October and will end at 00:05 on Thursday, 11 October.
The strike follows an overwhelming vote in favour of industrial action, after the drivers’ new employers, Eddie Stobart Ltd issued 90-days’ notice of termination of employment last month.
Unite regional officer, Harriet Eisner said: “Tesco has only itself to blame since it washed its hands of the drivers when it transferred them to Eddie Stobart in August. More strikes are on the cards until this dispute is resolved."_
More than 150 drivers at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster have voted for strike action.
It follows a 90-days notice of termination of employment by their new employers, Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL).
The drivers, who are members of Unite, voted by more than 90% to take strike action and also industrial action short of a strike.
Unite regional officer, Harriet Eisner, said drivers will decide in the next couple of days on what action to take and when.
Harriet Eisner said:
The full impact of ESL’s decision is now sinking in that they won’t have a job by Christmas. They are shocked, angry and devastated, as what they feared would occur when the transfer took place has happened so quickly and ruthlessly.
Unite is still in talks with ESL, but the management remains intransigent that it wants to get rid of the drivers. Unite will be mobilising support in the Doncaster community to spearhead the campaign to save these jobs.
Unite had campaigned for these jobs to be safeguarded once the TUPE (Transfer of Undertaking [Protection of Employment] arrangements) came into force at the beginning of August.
Tesco must hang its head in shame for what has happened. Tesco has washed its hands of their drivers. Tesco makes great play of being a good corporate citizen – this has been shown to be a PR mockery.
A ballot for possible strike action by Tesco drivers in South Yorkshire ends today.
A walk out by nearly 200 drivers is possible at the supermarket giant's distribution centre in Doncaster. It is after they were given 90-day notice of termination of employment by their new employers, Eddie Stobart Ltd.