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.