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£3 Billion DHL Should Be 'Ashamed'

Thursday, March 8, 2018

 

GMB SAYS £3 BILLION DHL SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF PAY CUTS FORCED ON DRIVERS

Whilst DHL senior execs hose themselves down in cash let’s remember much of what they’ve achieved has been on the back of exploiting employees says GMB.

GMB, the union for couriers in the parcel sector, has said DHL should be ashamed of the way they treat drivers in the wake of huge profits announced today.

The company’s annual report shows DHL made a whopping €3.7 billion from its operating activities, while chairman Frank Appel trousered almost €10 million in pay, bonuses and pension payments. [1]

However the vast profits did not stop the company frogmarching drivers at DHL/UK Mail depots across the UK into offices and telling them to sign up to a 4% pay cut – which in real terms equates to £2,000 per year - or their services ‘would no longer be required’. [2]

More than 20 drivers at various depots refused to sign the pay cut – and as a result the company sacked these drivers.

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer, said:

“Whilst DHL pat themselves on the back, wallow in the their huge profits and senior execs hose themselves down in cash - let’s remember much of what they’ve achieved has been on the back of exploiting employees.

“Nowhere is this more true than DHL/UKMail, where couriers have had pay cut after pay cut forced on them, and continue to suffer unexplained and unauthorised deductions in their pay packets week in and week out.

“Senior management should be ashamed of themselves.

“DHL is a cash rich global company that claims it signs up to the UN global compact agreement.

“Yet in DHL/UKMail, they act like any other spiv company in the parcel sector - with no moral compass whatsoever.”

ENDS

Contact: Mick Rix on 07971 268343 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors: [1] https://annualreport2017.dpdhl.com/report [2] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-targets-ukmail

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