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Doncaster Stobart lorry drivers on strike

Striking lorry drivers in Doncaster
Image caption Unite said more than 90% of drivers had voted in favour of a strike

Lorry drivers at a supermarket distribution centre in South Yorkshire have walked out on a 48-hour strike in a dispute over possible job cuts.

About 180 drivers at Tesco's site in Doncaster were expected to take part in the industrial action, which started just after midnight, a union said.

The drivers, employed by Eddie Stobart, are angry at planned cuts to the haulage firm's operations at the site.

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

Unite said the industrial action would "cause havoc in supplying the Tesco stores in the Yorkshire and Humber region".

'Very disappointing'

In a statement, Tesco said it had a robust contingency plan in place and did not expect the strike to cause disruption for its customers.

Unite said more than 90% of drivers had voted in favour of a strike last month after Eddie Stobart, which took over operations from Tesco at the Doncaster site in August, announced the reorganisation.

A total of 183 lorry drivers' jobs at the Doncaster centre were threatened if the plans went ahead.

Harriet Eisner, Unite regional officer, said members wanted "a constructive dialogue" with Eddie Stobart, but the company's management had so far remained "intransigent".

David Pickering, Eddie Stobart managing director, said the strike action was "very disappointing" and the company would "ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum".

Tesco said that its former drivers had been offered positions in the warehouse at the Doncaster distribution centre and elsewhere within the firm.

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