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Tesco lorry drivers' strike wins widespread support

Issue No. 2325

More than 100 striking Tesco lorry drivers marched through Doncaster, south Yorkshire, on Tuesday of last week in defence of their jobs.

They are members of the Unite union based at Tesco’s Doncaster distribution centre—and they were preparing for further action this week.

Their contracts have been outsourced to haulage giant Eddie Stobart Limited, which promptly issued 90 day sacking notices. The plans threaten some 183 drivers’ jobs at the Doncaster centre.

“The drivers are furious at the way they have been treated,” said Unite regional officer Harriet Eisner. “It seems management is hellbent on throwing them on the dole queue by Christmas.”

The drivers voted to strike by more than 90 percent, and walked out for 48 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.

The union says Eddie Stobart management has been “intransigent”. New talks were planned this week. But without a deal the drivers were set to strike again on Thursday and Friday of this week.

Drivers leafleted shoppers and passers-by during their march last week. They have won widespread support from ordinary people in Doncaster. Tesco made £100 million profit in the six months to August.

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Tue 16 Oct 2012, 16:05 BST
Issue No. 2325
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