Eddie Stobart drivers stage three-day strike and Westminster Tesco protest

30 October 2012

Drivers employed by famous haulier firm Eddie Stobart at Tesco’s Doncaster distribution centre will step up their battle to save their jobs with a three-day strike starting on Wednesday 31 October.

They held a two-day strike earlier this month, with strong support from the public, after Eddie Stobart issued them with 90-day notices of termination of employment – with no promises to rehire them.

The drivers, members of trade union Unite, were employed directly by Tesco until August, when they were transferred to Eddie Stobart, with Tupe arrangements in place. But on 5 September the lorry firm issued the termination notices.

Now the drivers, who face the sack by Christmas, are escalating their action to save their jobs.

The striking drivers will also stage a protest at the Tesco Express store near the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 31 October. The store is in the building – Portcullis House – where many MPs have their offices.

What you can do

>> Join the protest on Wednesday 31 October from 11am to 1pm: Tesco Express, Unit A, Portcullis House, 8/9 Bridge Street, London SW1A 2JR.

>> Send messages of support to the drivers, via Unite regional oficer Harriet Eisner.

Unite regional officer Steve Clark said:

The drivers will be taking their case to London on Wednesday to raise the profile of the dispute with MPs and other opinion formers.

Tesco behaved disgracefully when it transferred the Tesco drivers to ESL in August – and this betrayal of the hard working drivers needs to gain wider coverage.

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.


  1. Mr J C Kukla said:

    Wishing the drivers every .u.p.esuccess,this shows that T.U.P.E transfers aren,t worth the paper they re written on ALL COUNCIL WORKERS BEWARE,YOU ARE NEXT! you drivers incidentally have got an immense clout,you can win this!

    30 October 2012 at 1:25pm
  2. Ozzy said:

    Unite activists in Cambridge are holding a solidarity protest outside Tescos on Mill Road in Cambridge (CB1 3AN) from 11am – 1pm on Saturday all welcome – stop union busting at Tescos – “Every Little Hurts!”

    31 October 2012 at 6:56pm

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