Picket of Tesco near Big Ben raises strike profile

Tesco drivers from Doncaster form a picket line outside the Tesco store opposite the Houses of Parliament.
Tesco drivers from Doncaster form a picket line outside the Tesco store opposite the Houses of Parliament.
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DOZENS of striking lorry drivers targeted a Tesco Express store near the Houses of Parliament yesterday in their dispute over possible job losses at the firm’s Doncaster warehouse.

They picketed the shop to make a political point as part of their three-day strike and also met with local MPs at the Commons.

Labour leader Ed Miliband (Doncaster North), Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central), Caroline Flint (Don Valley), and John Healey (Wentworth and Dearne) all met with Unite members to discuss their dispute.

The 200 drivers, based at the Doncaster Carr distribution depot, have had their employment transferred from Tesco to logistics giant Eddie Stobart, which has issued notice of termination of employment.

The drivers started three days of strike action yesterday but a spokesman for Tesco said it had not affected supplies to their supermarkets in this region.

“We haven’t had any disruption so far and we still hope talks between Unite and Eddie Stobart will resume as soon as possible,” said a spokesman.

Mr Miliband said the meeting had been “very good and very productive”.

The union says the drivers have no promise that they will be re-employed once the 90-day notice expires just before Christmas.