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VIDEO: Ex-lorry drivers stage protest over ‘unfair dismissals’

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Around 50 former Eddie Stobart Ltd lorry drivers staged a protest in Doncaster today, over redundancies made in 2013.

The demonstration was held at the Tesco distribution centre on Middle Bank, where protesters tried to slow down lorrys coming in and out of the centre.

The drivers, who used to work on a Tesco distribution contract, say they decided to hold the protest in order to highlight the ‘unfair dismissals’, and because they believe Eddie Stobart Ltd are currently trying to hire staff in the same roles they were made redundant from in January last year.

Former senior steward for the Unite trade union, Trevor Cheetham, said he thought the protest had been successful.

He added: “We’re here to let Tesco know we’re not going away. We’re going to keep fighting until these men get some justice.”

Unite is currently pursuing an unfair dismissal claim on behalf of the 184 drivers, claiming that the redundancy package given to the drivers was insufficient.

The employment tribunal to hear this case is expected next month.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “A number of Tesco colleagues at Doncaster transferred to work for Eddie Stobart in late 2012. At the time we consulted with the union and we’ve stood by the agreements that we made with them then.”

A representative for Eddie Stobart Ltd declined to comment on the protest.

 

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