Dismissed Doncaster lorry drivers agree deal

Tesco drivers protest march from the Keepmoat Stadium to the Mansion House.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Tesco drivers protest march from the Keepmoat Stadium to the Mansion House. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Lorry drivers from Doncaster involved in a long-running employment dispute over their ‘unfair dismissal’ have agreed a settlement.

An employment tribunal for the former Eddie Stobart drivers was due to reconvene yesterday, but was cancelled after the settlement was reached between the drivers and distribution giant Eddie Stobart.

A Stobart spokesman said: “We have reached a without prejudice settlement with the drivers.”

Details of the settlement have not been disclosed.

The dispute began in August 2012, when the transport distribution workforce was transferred from supermarket Tesco to Stobart.

A month later Stobart issued all 184 drivers with a termination notice, which led to a four-month dispute.

The drivers finally accepted a deal and finished work in January 2013.

The dispute has been supported by trade union Unite.

Former Unite Shop Steward Trevor Cheetham said it had been a long and difficult couple of years for the drivers, who were ‘happy’ to reach an agreement.