Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Doncaster drivers announce new strike in Stobart dispute

Striking drivers in London
Image caption Drivers held a protest in London last month

Lorry drivers at a distribution centre in South Yorkshire have announced further strike action in a dispute with their employer Eddie Stobart.

The Unite union said its members had rejected a "completely unsatisfactory" offer, and would go on continuous strike from 6 December.

The company announced a reorganisation in September that Unite said threatened 183 jobs.

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

Managing director David Pickering said: "We've worked hard over the last 10 weeks with Unite, and more recently with ACAS.

"Our proposal was a 50% increase in their statutory redundancy pay which would have seen them benefit from significant financial support so it's disappointing to see them lose out."

He added: "Had Unite concentrated on negotiations, rather than industrial action, then the drivers would be much better off financially."

Unite national officer Adrian Jones said: "We have discussed a financial settlement with ESL (Eddie Stobart Ltd) for the drivers, but our priority is to save jobs.

"The drivers overwhelmingly rejected the financial offer which was designed to get them out the door and not to maintain employment."

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

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