Tesco drivers thank public for strike support

Striking Tesco lorry drivers show their anger to a passing Eddie Stobart lorry. Picture: Marie Caley D4217MC

Striking Tesco lorry drivers show their anger to a passing Eddie Stobart lorry. Picture: Marie Caley D4217MC

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TESCO drivers who have been on a 48-hour strike over job losses have thanked residents for their support.

Union Unite, who are representing the 180 drivers and staff at the Doncaster Carr depot, have thanked the Doncaster public for ‘the tremendous support’ throughout the two day strike.

The drivers have been told they will be losing their jobs by Christmas, after Tesco gave the contract for deliveries was given to haulage firm Eddie Stobart in August.

More talks are scheduled for Tuesday between Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL) and Unite, but if those talks don’t produce a settlement, the drivers will take a further 48 hours of strike action next Thursday and Friday.

The drivers marched through the centre on Doncaster this week and received enthusiastic support from the public.

Unite regional officer, Harriet Eisner said: “The people of Doncaster have shown great support for the drivers. The public is angry at Stobarts for the callous way it is treating these hard-working drivers, all for the sake of increased profits.

“People are also furious that Tesco has connived with ESL to create this situation when it transferred the workforce to Stobart’s in August. Tesco is equally to blame – and the people in Doncaster can see that.

“Unite would like to thank the public for its tremendous and generous support of the Tesco drivers – it has been a fantastic boost to their morale.

“Unite is actively seeking a fair settlement with ESL, but if these talks fail, more industrial action will take place next Thursday and Friday.”