Transport and distribution specialist Eddie Stobart is putting two Iveco ECOSTRALIS tractor units to the ultimate test within its extensive transport operation.

Eddie Stobart and the Unite union will start talks at Acas this Thursday (15 November) in a bid to end the row over drivers’ jobs at Tesco’s Doncaster DC.

A spokesman for Eddie Stobart confirmed to that the operator's MD David Pickering will personally attending the talks with Unite at Acas.

The move comes after a 72-hour walkout by 180 Unite driver members facing redundancy at the DC. This included a demo outside a Tesco store in Westminster.

Eddie Stobart took over the transport function at Tesco’s DC in August and in September said it wanted to remove it and use its nationwide network to meet delivery requirements.

Attempts to settle the dispute have become increasingly acrimonious, with both sides accusing the other of not engaging fully with the process.