Doncaster lorry drivers strike again in Stobart dispute

Striking drivers in London Drivers held a protest in London in October

Related Stories

Lorry drivers at a distribution centre in South Yorkshire have walked out indefinitely in a long-running dispute with their employer Eddie Stobart.

The Unite union said its members were taking continuous strike action "in order to save their jobs".

The firm announced a reorganisation in September after it took over the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster. Unite said the move threatened 183 jobs.

Eddie Stobart said its offer was "the best possible financial package".

Managing director David Pickering said it had proposed a 50% increase in statutory redundancy pay "which would have seen them benefit from significant financial support".

'Genuine goodwill'

Unite said the drivers felt they had been "boxed into a corner" by the company.

National officer Adrian Jones said: "The drivers overwhelmingly rejected the financial offer which was designed to get them out the door and not to maintain employment.

"Unite is prepared to continue negotiating with the company, but there has to be genuine goodwill shown and constructive proposals on the table from the management."

Five days of strike action have already been held since the dispute began in September.

In the latest industrial action, which started just after midnight, Unite said its members were planning to hold a demonstration and rally at its Doncaster Tesco store on Church Street on Saturday.

A spokesperson from Tesco said: "We have robust contingency plans in place to ensure that our customers and stores in the Doncaster area won't be disrupted by the industrial action."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Weather

Sheffield

15 °C 9 °C

Features

  • chocolate cake and strawberriesTrick your tongue

    Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?


  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George leaving New Zealand'Great ambassadors'

    How New Zealand reacted to William, Kate - and George


  • Major Power Failure ident on BBC2Going live

    Why BBC Two's launch was not all right on the night


  • Front display of radio Strange echoes

    What are the mysterious sequences of numbers read out on shortwave radio?


  • A letter from a Somali refugee to a Syrian child'Be a star'

    Children's uplifting letters of hope to homeless Syrians


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.