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Tesco Doncaster distribution centre future uncertain

Doncaster, UK: Trade union Unite warns that Tesco drivers in Doncaster face an uncertain future.
Fears are growing about the future job prospects of more than 200 drivers at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster.

Unite, the country’s largest union, is concerned about the fate of the transport workforce when they are transferred from Tesco to haulage company, Eddie Stobart (ESL) this weekend.

Unite is angry that ESL has refused to declare its hand as to the future of the Doncaster distribution centre’s transport operation until at least four weeks after the transfer.

One of the options being considered is to ‘remove all resource/assets’ and use the existing ESL network to provide all the transport requirements for Doncaster.

Unite regional officer, Harriet Eisner said: “One of the options could see the Doncaster transport operation being closed completely – and more than 200 employees being made redundant in a town that has already suffered greatly because of the economic situation.

“The drivers deserve to know that their jobs will be safeguarded once the TUPE – Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) arrangements – come into force this weekend.

“We have been in consultation with Tesco and ESL, but Stobart’s has not yet indicated what will happen on the other side of the transfer.

“We have challenged them repeatedly to tell us what they intend for the drivers and each time they have refused to tell our members, saying that they will carry on as normal for four weeks and will then assess the situation.

“Our driver members naturally fear the worst. ESL is either unable or unwilling to tell them what will happen.

“Our members are asked to believe that they can take on a multi-million pound business without having a plan for the future – this is stretching the bounds of credulity. We need answers and we need them now.”