Members of Unite the union, employed as class one lorry drivers with Eddie Stobart, on the Walkers Snack Foods contract at Birchwood, Warrington are set to ballot for strike action over the company’s refusal to enter into meaningful discussions around workplace practices.

Drivers transferred

The drivers were transferred from Walkers Snack Foods to Eddie Stobart last year under a TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings of Protection of Employment). However, since the transfer Stobart management has continued to ignore industrial agreements that are in place to protect workers’ terms and conditions.

The ballot for strike action opens on Thursday 28 March and closes on Thursday 11 April.

Numerous requests

Unite regional officer Steven Gerrard said:  “Unite has made numerous requests to Stobart management to come to the table to discuss our members’ concerns.

“However, we will not stand idle when our members’ collective agreements on their terms and conditions of employment are under attack and being totally disregarded and disrespected.  

“Previously, when our members were employed by Walkers, they had good employment relationships with the company. Unless management at Stobart take its side of industrial relations seriously this could lead to strike action and have a massive impact on supplies of, snack foods to major high street suppliers including Asda, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

“We will continue to fight for our members’ interests.”

Meaningful talks

Unite is urging Stobart management to engage in meaningful talks to find a resolution to this dispute if strike action is to be averted.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite regional officer Steven Gerrard on 07798 531 015 and/or Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: [email protected]

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