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Wagon drivers protest over potential job losses
1:00pm Thursday 31st January 2013 in News
Wagon drivers who face losing their jobs brought their protest to the hometown of the man at the top.
Fifty-three jobs are expected to go when London-based Howdens Joinery relocates its Widnes transport operation to Howden in East Yorkshire.
The affected drivers are employed by DHL, which has a contract with Howdens.
And, on Saturday, the Unite union – which has called for negotiations with the company – decided to organise a protest in Skipton, just a few miles from the Hetton home of Howden’s chief executive Matthew Ingle.
“We had about 70 people, including wives and children, handing out leaflets and the response was absolutely fabulous,” said union representative Kenny Rowe.
Afterwards, the protesters went to Hetton for a meal at the renowned Angel Inn.