The Doncaster Tesco drivers’ dispute, which has been settled with an improved package for the drivers, is ‘a victory for worker solidarity’, Unite, the largest union in the country, said.
The 180 drivers voted overwhelmingly today (Thursday 13 December) to accept the enhanced package from their new employer, Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL). It will mean that the drivers will finish work in January.
Unite national officer Adrian Jones said: “The drivers voted to accept the improved package to end this four-month dispute. This is a victory for the drivers who have displayed unity, strength and resolution throughout this difficult time against a hardline employer.
“It also sends out a clear message to other transport and retail companies that may be thinking of treating their employees less than fairly that Unite will neither flinch nor back away from a dispute until there has been an acceptable and equitable settlement that our members fully support.
“The drivers would like to express their sincere thanks for the magnificent support they have received from the public in the Doncaster area – it has been a wonderful morale booster in recent weeks. We would also like to thank the local police for their co-operation and the local MPs for their support.”
The drivers had been on continuous strike since Thursday (6 December) and this has now been called off as part of the settlement.
The origins of the dispute go back to August when the transport workforce was transferred from Tesco to ESL and then, on 5 September, ESL issued notice of termination of employment, with no promise that the drivers would be re-employed once the 90-days were up.
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For further information please contact: Adrian Jones on 07739 654 859 and/or Unite regional officer Harriet Eisner on 07768 931 272 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693 940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.