Doncaster drivers agree Stobart deal

Striking Tesco lorry drivers show their anger to a passing Eddie Stobart lorry. Picture: Marie Caley D4217MC
Striking Tesco lorry drivers show their anger to a passing Eddie Stobart lorry. Picture: Marie Caley D4217MC

Scores of Doncaster lorry drivers who claim they were unfairly dismissed by a haulage giant have settle their long running dispute.

Drivers had launched a legal fight challenging Eddie Stobart’s decision to terminate their employment after the firm took over their contracts from supermarket chain Tesco.

An employment tribunal was due to reconvene this week, however the drivers and Stobart agreed an out of court settlement.

A Stobart spokesman said: “We have reached a without prejudice settlement with the drivers.”

Details of the settlement have not been disclosed.

The dispute began in August 2012, when the transport distribution workforce based in Lakeside was transferred from Tesco to Stobart.

A month later Stobart issued all 184 drivers with a termination notice when it closed its operations at the site in Lakeside, triggering protests.

The drivers accepted a deal to leave the company and finished work in January 2013, but continued their protests.

Former Unite shop steward Trevor Cheetham, said: “Most drivers are happy to have reached a deal.

“This has gone on for two years, and during that time the drivers really suffered. Only about 50 of them have got full time work. The rest are either doing temporary shifts with an agency or are still unemployed.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “When we transferred the drivers to Eddie Stobart, we did everything we could to offer them all alternative roles at Tesco. That offer was made again when Stobart’s closed the transport operation at Doncaster.”