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Tesco drivers told - sign new contract or be sacked

Issue No. 2046

Tesco delivery drivers in the Lothians in Scotland claim they have been threatened with the sack unless they agree to controversial new contracts.

The drivers at the supermarket’s distribution depot in Livingston are fighting proposed changes to their shifts and bonus payments for working unsocial hours.

The terms are due to come into effect when a new national distribution depot opens in July.

Tony Trench, Edinburgh regional officer for the T&G union, said, “A huge number phoned my office saying they have been threatened with dismissal if they didn’t sign these documents.”

One driver said, “There were at least 30 people pulled aside yesterday and more or less told that if their form is not in by next Wednesday they will be out of a job.

“Some of the weaker-willed ones, and guys in their 60s, were worried by it. But none of the staff are accepting the terms and conditions and we’ll

stay strong.”

Drivers have insisted that the proposed changes to shift patterns and the number of nightshift hours that qualify for “premium rates” would leave many of them thousands of pounds worse off. The strike ballot closes 30 April.


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Tue 10 Apr 2007, 18:35 BST
Issue No. 2046
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