2-day strike called off, as Unite prepares for talks later today over redundancy threat

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A strike by almost 200 Eddie Stobart truck drivers scheduled for Thursday and today has been suspended to allow ‘exploratory’ talks on an offer to settle the dispute over redundancies.

The 180 drivers, based at Tesco’s distribution centre in Doncaster, took two days of strike action last week after their new employers, Eddie Stobart Limited, had issued 90-day redundancy notices to them.

Unite regional officer, Harriet Eisner said: “Stobart’s has confirmed it intends to put an offer on the table.

“We are not ruling out further action, but Unite is keen to explore what ESL is offering, and that talks are conducted in a constructive and positive manner.”

The talks are due to take place later today.

In August, the transport workforce was transferred from Tesco to ESL and then on 5 September, ESL issued notice of termination of employment, with no promise that the drivers will be re-employed once the 90-days are up.

Unite had campaigned for these jobs to be safeguarded once the TUPE arrangements came into force at the beginning of August.


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