The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 29th March 2019

Crispy strikers

by New Worker correspondent

CLASS ONE lorry drivers who have the important task of transporting Walkers crisps from their Warrington factory to hungry mouths across the country are balloting for strike action.

The jobs were transferred from Walkers Snack Foods to rapacious transport firm Eddie Stobart last year under a Transfer of Undertakings of Protection of Employment (TUPE). Unite the union says that since the transfer however, Stobart management has ignored the TUPE agreements, which are supposed to maintain workers’ terms and conditions.

Unite regional officer Steven Gerrard deplored Stobart’s stonewalling and said: “Unite has made numerous requests to Stobart management to come to the table to discuss our members’ concerns.

“However, we will not stand idle when our members’ collective agreements on their terms and conditions of employment are under attack and being totally disregarded and disrespected.

“Previously, when our members were employed by Walkers, they had good employment relationships with the company. Unless management at Stobart take its side of industrial relations seriously this could lead to strike action and have a massive impact on supplies of snack foods to major high street suppliers including Asda, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

“Stobart’s has form in this field, when supermarket chain Tesco outsourced their delivery drivers, assurances over conditions soon went by the board resulting in a strike seven years ago.”