State of the unions

Trade unions may not wield the power and influence they did in their 1970s heyday but they still regularly leave their mark on Britain’s industrial relations landscape.

In road transport, they have never been quite the force they are in some other sectors, partly because of the very fragmented nature of the industry.

But from time to time, they do flex their negotiating muscles when necessary, the most recent example being the long-running dispute between members of the Unite union operating out of Tesco’s Doncaster distribution centre and their employer Eddie Stobart.

The dispute, over a redundancy package, was finally resolved after more than 90 per cent of affected staff backed indefinite strike action and staged a rally outside a Tesco bearing banners stating "Every Sacking Helps".

In the 14 March issue of Commercial Motor, Pat Hagan askes the operator panel if the unions have kept pace with changes in the road transport industry and represent the average worker in haulage.

High Street Logistics to be liquidated

Leicestershire-based High Street Logistics is to be liquidated, owing creditors nearly £500,000.

The operator, which was licenced to run one vehicle and three trailers out of a site in Hickley, owed HMRC a total of £152,935 in VAT, PAYE and corporation tax when it appointed liquidator Michael Durkan of Durkan Cahill of 27 February.

The liquidator’s statement of affairs, which were published to Companies House, revealed that it owed a total of £490,360.

Creditors included vehicle hire company JRM Hire & Leasing, which was owed £283,020, as well as Leicestershire maintenance firms Diesel Power Services, which was owed £1,532 and Truck Services (90), owed £3,450 by the operator.

The liquidator expects to see a deficiency of £281,627 in regard to meeting the sum owed to creditors.

High Street Logistics and the liquidator were unavailable to comment.