Doncaster public thanked for ‘tremendous’ support of Tesco drivers
12 October 2012
The Doncaster public has been thanked for ‘the tremendous support’ it has given the town’s Tesco drivers who face losing their jobs by Christmas.
Unite, the largest union in the country, said the people of Doncaster have shown great support for the 180 Tesco drivers, who took two days of strike action this week, after their new employers Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL) had issued 90-days’ notice of termination of employment.
More talks are scheduled for Tuesday (16 October) between ESL and Unite, but if those talks don’t produce a settlement, the drivers will take a further 48 hours of strike action next Thursday and Friday (18/19 October).
The drivers marched through the centre on Doncaster this week and received enthusiastic support from the public.
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 the TUPE (Transfer of Undertaking [Protection of Employment] arrangements) came into force at the beginning of August.
Notes to news editors:
For further information please contact Unite regional officer Harriet Eisner on 07768 931 272 and/or Unite communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940