Striking drivers head to Westminster meetings

Tesco distribution centre, Middle Bank, Doncaster.
Tesco distribution centre, Middle Bank, Doncaster.
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LORRY drivers from Tesco’s Doncaster distribution depot are embarking on three days of strike action from today - and heading to London to take their protest to Westminster.

The 200 drivers face losing their jobs by Christmas after they were transferred from their Tesco contracts to haulier Eddie Stobart.

Today they started three days of action which will run until the early hours of Saturday.

This morning they were due to protest outside Tesco Express, at Portcullis House, in Bridge Street, Westminster, where many MPs have offices.

They will also will be holding talks with the three Doncaster MPs in Parliament tomorrow.

In August the transport workforce was transferred from Tesco to ESL, and then on September 5 Stobarts issued notice of termination of employment, with no promise that the drivers will be re-employed once the 90 days are up.

Unite, the union representing the drivers, claims there is no need for Stobart’s to get rid of the drivers and does not believe that the firm has the capacity in its existing network to properly service the Tesco distribution centre at Doncaster.

Doncaster North MP and Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “I’m very concerned about the dispute at the Tesco distribution centre and I hope all the parties involved will work together to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

“I’ll be meeting some of the drivers tomorrow to discuss the issue.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We hope talks will resume as soon as possible between Unite and Eddie Stobart, and that a resolution can be reached. We will continue working with Eddie Stobart to try to provide alternative jobs for all the affected drivers.”