Eddie Stobart drivers’ two-day strike set to hit Tesco stores across Yorks

6 October 2012

More than 180 drivers at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster will strike on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 October against mass sackings planned by their new employer Eddie Stobart Ltd.

Eddie Stobart lorries are famous, and much loved by spotters, but the company has shown what it is really about by issuing the drivers 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.

This week’s two-day stoppage follows a 91.7 percent strike vote. Unite regional officer Harriet Eisner 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.

Please rush messages of support to the drivers, via Unite regional oficer Harriet Eisner.

8 comments

  1. Mick bone said:

    we need a complete boycott of Tesco so it hurts them and their profits, i will not shop there or use there Garage till this is over and i will put this up in my work place. Good LUCK & solidarity to you in your fight.

    6 October 2012 at 9:50pm
  2. RICH CAPELING said:

    Good luck guys hope you win as we need to show these massive companies that they cannot walk all over us

    6 October 2012 at 10:05pm
  3. matt cook said:

    Hats off to you drivers! i feel for you and will be supporting you all the way. LETS BOYCOTT TESCO AND USE SOMEONE ELSE!!!!!

    GREEN DEATH GET A GRIP BEFORE YOUR NAME BECOME THE JOKE OF HAULAGE!!!

    7 October 2012 at 8:52pm
  4. Nathan Jordan said:

    Solidarity from Birmingham NUT.

    8 October 2012 at 4:00pm
  5. jacqui butterworth said:

    Good luck lads-I am sick and tired of what politicians have done to workers/disabled/elderly etc. They have ruined UK by their greed and other countries through their stupidity,

    Jacqui-70yr old female

    8 October 2012 at 6:06pm
  6. John Williams said:

    Solidarity from the Socialist Workers Party, Newcastle branch

    8 October 2012 at 6:47pm
  7. Ex Tesco shopper said:

    I will never use tesco again after this disgrace. Best of luck with the action.

    14 October 2012 at 11:31am
  8. Maritime driver said:

    more work for us, come join maritime transport lads.

    20 October 2012 at 8:55pm

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