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Striking Doncaster Tesco drivers protest in London

Striking drivers in London
Lorry drivers said they wanted to raise the profile of the dispute with MPs at Westminster

Lorry drivers whose jobs at a Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster are under threat have staged a protest in London to coincide with a strike.

Drivers held a protest outside a Tesco store at Westminster earlier to raise the profile of the dispute to MPs.

The drivers, employed by Eddie Stobart, are on a three-day strike over planned cuts at the Doncaster site.

Eddie Stobart said it would ensure disruption was kept to a minimum.

Last month drivers, who have already walked out twice, rejected a new offer made by the haulage firm.

'Christmas job loss'

Eddie Stobart took over the operation from Tesco in August and announced a reorganisation in September.

The Unite union claims a total of 183 lorry drivers' jobs at the Doncaster centre are threatened by the plans.

Steve Clark, Unite regional officer, said: "Our members, who face losing their jobs by Christmas, will be striking for three days to save their jobs."

Last month David Pickering, Eddie Stobart managing director, said: "Our enhanced financial package was worth an additional £1m and we feel the drivers have really lost out with the latest decision from Unite."

He added the firm had offered to increase redundancy pay by 28% and significant financial support for drivers who took alternative jobs with either Tesco or Stobart.

Unite said members did not believe the offer was a fair one.

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