DIRFT night workers get surprise visit

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne meets staff at Tesco's National Distribution Centre near Rugby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 24, 2013. The Chancellor earlier met with staff at Warburtons Bakery in Wednesbury near Birmingham as part of an evening watching how businesses operate through the night and how shift staff work. See PA story ECONOMY GDP. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne meets staff at Tesco's National Distribution Centre near Rugby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 24, 2013. The Chancellor earlier met with staff at Warburtons Bakery in Wednesbury near Birmingham as part of an evening watching how businesses operate through the night and how shift staff work. See PA story ECONOMY GDP. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visited the Tesco Distribution Centre near Daventry to talk to night shift workers.

He visited the site at the DIRFT at 1.30am on Thursday last week.

It was the final stop for the night for the chancellor who saw rail deliveries and trucks loading and unloading at the depot, which runs a 24-hour operation.

He watched as a train to Scotland was loaded before saying he would be back to watch the day shift later in the morning. He experienced a sleepless night ahead of the publication of figures which revealed growth in the UK economy of 0.6 percent in the second quarter of the year.

He also went to a super bakery and a motorway service station as he praised the people who work night shifts througout the country.

About 10 per cent of UK employees, more than 2.5 million people, work night shifts on a regular basis and it was these workers that Mr Osborne wanted to highlight.

The Chancellor of the Exchquer said: “Millions of Britons work late shifts and work nights to provide the service that we take for granted in the morning.

“They are the unsung heroes of the British economy and our economic plan is going to help these hard working people as we move from rescue to recovery.”

He also spoke about his experiences on the road. Communicating with his followers on Twitter, Mr Osborne said: “At giant 24/7 Tesco depot near Daventry watching train to Scotland being loaded. Will be back to see dayshift in morning. #hardworking people.”