Drivers in Co-op dispute vote to accept deal

Drivers in Co-op dispute vote to accept deal

06 April 2016

More than 700 Co-op drivers have voted by a large margin to accept a package of proposals to settle the dispute over the outsourcing of jobs.

Unite, the country’ largest union, recommended that its members accept the offer hammered out after two days of hard bargaining at the conciliation service Acas before the Easter holiday.

The dispute had centred on the transfer of 87 Coventry-based drivers to the haulier Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL) and the implications for Co-op drivers across the UK in the future.

Unite national officer for retail distribution Adrian Jones said: “We are pleased to announce that our members have voted by a large margin to accept the deal on the table.

“We now look forward to a new chapter of constructive dialogue with management and to move forward in a positive fashion for the benefit of the Co-op, their customers and our members.

“We are confident that our members have a secure future with the Co-op and that our concerns about the future of in-house transport have been fully addressed. 

“Our members have been given a firm commitment for their future in line with the business’ five-year plan.

“Our members at Coventry, who were transferred to Eddie Stobart, have been given extra assurances that provide confidence for their own futures outside of the Co-op.”

The Co-op driver members affected are based at Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland; Castlewood, north Derbyshire; Chester-Le-Street, County Durham; Coventry; Inverness; Newhouse, Lanarkshire; Plymouth and Thurrock in Essex.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact: Unite national officer Adrian Jones on 07739 654 859 or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.