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Sacked Eddie Stobart workers stage demo at depot

LORRY drivers who were sacked to make way for cheaper agency workers will today demonstrate at the Yorkshire transport depot where they worked.

The 184 drivers were employed by Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL) to deliver goods to Tesco supermarkets across Britain from their Doncaster depot.

Stobart made them redundant in January last year, replacing them with agency drivers on worse wages and conditions.

The drivers, represented by Unite, waged an indefinite strike in response to the plans in December 2012.

And they will continue their campaign for justice with a demonstration in Doncaster this afternoon.

Their union is also pursuing unfair dismissal cases on their behalf.

Unite national officer Adrian Jones said: “Basically, our members are saying that there was no need for ESL to have made them redundant at the beginning of 2013 — as the company is employing agency drivers to do exactly the same jobs as they did, but on worse terms and conditions.”

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