Union warns of more strikes if talks fail to resolve dispute
Unite reps are today continuing talks to resolve the dispute between 180 Tesco lorry drivers in Doncaster and their new employer, Eddie Stobart.
The drivers last week took two day’s strike action after Eddie Stobart (ESL) issued them with 90-days’ notice of termination of employment, and have warned they will strike again on Thursday and Friday unless the talks produce a settlement.
Unite regional officer, Harriet Eisner said: “The people of Doncaster have shown great support for the drivers. The public is angry at ESL 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.”
In August, the transport workforce was transferred from Tesco to ESL and then on 5 September the new employers issued notice of termination of employment, with no promise that the drivers will be re-employed once the 90-days is up.
Unite had campaigned for these jobs to be safeguarded once TUPE came into force at the beginning of August.
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