BREAKING NEWS: Tesco drivers set to strike

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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 12.05am on Tuesday, October 9, and will end at 12.05am on Thursday, October 11.

The strike follows an overwhelming 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.

Harriet Eisner, Unite regional officer, said: “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.

“Unite wants a constructive dialogue with ESL, but the management has remained intransigent in wanting to get rid of the drivers. ESL has so far put nothing on the table which signals the drivers will be treated with dignity.”

The drivers protested at September’s St Leger’s race meeting at Doncaster Racecourse, with Stobart’s being one of the sponsors at the racing event.

The drivers, members of Unite, voted by more than 90 per cent to take strike action and also industrial action short of a strike.

In August, the transport workforce was transferred from Tesco to ESL and on September 5, the new employers issued notice of termination of employment, with no promise that the drivers will be re-employed once the 90 days are up.