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Furious Drivers Consider Action Against DHL/UKMail

Thursday, February 8, 2018

FURIOUS GMB MEMBERS CONSIDER ACTION AGAINST DHL/UK MAIL OVER SACKED DRIVERS

GMB has written to DHL/UK Mail demanding an urgent meeting to discuss their appalling treatment of drivers.

GMB members employed by DHL/UK Mail are furious at the draconian treatment they’ve received at the hands of management – including the sacking of 20 fellow drivers.

GMB has written to DHL to demand an urgent meeting. [1]

Drivers at depots across the UK [2] were frogmarched into offices last month, placed under duress and told to sign a paper with the 4% pay cut – which in real terms equates to £2,000 per year - or their services ‘would no longer be required’. [3]

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

Many had given years of service to DHL/UK Mail and their customers.

DHL/UKMail, which delivers for brands such as M&S, House of Fraser, 02, Ebay and Argos [4], recently came second in a Which? users poll for excellent customer service delivery. [5]

The company won new orders, increased performance, and made significant investments in its business.

None of this would have been possible if DHL/UK Mail delivery drivers had gone that extra mile and provided a great service.

Instead of rewarding their drivers, DHL/UK Mail decided to impose a pay cut of up to 2k per driver.

Yet in 2016 company bosses trousered payments of £900k. [6]

DHL/UK Mail is a subsidiary of DHL, which was acquired in 2016.

The company has signed up to various social responsibility statements as a leading brand. [7]

This is the second cut in pay drivers have suffered in the past last year.

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer Transport and Distribution, said:

"I have never known drivers to be so angry and upset at a company.

“We have organised a number of meetings up and down the country with GMB members, and more than 200 drivers and others working for DHL/UK Mail have joined GMB.

“They have simply had enough of their appalling treatment by the company executives and depot managers.

“Many are talking about the possibility of taking action.

“DHL/UKMail need to have a serious rethink, they claim to be a socially responsible company, yet their draconian treatment of drivers demonstrates these are just words on a website.

“We have written to DHL/UK Mail demanding an urgent meeting.

“If they don't respond and meet with us, our campaign for justice for GMB drivers at this company will go to another level.

“We urge all drivers to contact GMB now.”

ENDS

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

Local Regional Contacts:

South East: Avril Chambers  - 07974251766
Birmingham and West Midlands: Colin Griffiths  - 07957264612
North East and Cumbria: Colin Smith - 07870176723 
North West: Giovanna Holt - 07740804058
Scotland: Louise Gilmour - 07921289739
East Midlands: Martin Allen - 07966327962
Wales and South West: Ruth Bennett - 07980753115
Yorkshire: Sue Wood - 07966327965
London: Steve Garelick - 07967763980

Notes to editors:

[1] Contact press office for copy of letter

[2] List of DHL/UK Mail depots:

Perth

 

 

Carlisle

 

 

Lincoln

 

 

Glasgow

 

 

Newcastle

 

 

East midlands

 

 

Livingstone

 

 

Darlington

 

 

Leicester

 

 

Wishaw

 

 

York

 

 

Stafford

 

 

Loanhead

 

 

Leeds

 

 

Wolverhampton

 

 

Kilmarnock

 

 

Sheffield

 

 

Birmingham

 

 

Middleton

 

 

Runcorn

 

 

Ryton

 

 

Preston

 

 

Isle of man

 

 

Tewkesbury

 

 

Manchester

 

 

Oxford

 

 

North wales

 

 

Mid wales

 

 

Exeter

 

 

Swindon

 

 

Swansea

 

 

Truro

 

 

Bournemouth

 

 

Cardiff

 

 

Crawley

 

 

Fareham

 

 

Bristol

 

 

Croydon

 

 

Thames Valley

 

 

Tunbridge

 

 

Slough

 

 

Aldershot

 

 

Medway

 

 

Greenford

 

 

Wellingborough

 

 

Dartford

 

 

Docklands

 

 

Norwich

 

 

Basildon

Enfield

Ipswich

 

[3] GMB TARGETS DHL/ UK MAIL AFTER DRIVERS FORCED TO ACCEPT ANOTHER PAY CUT OF AROUND £2,000

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-targets-ukmail

[4] UK Mail Clients include:

M&S

Ebay

Argos

Missguided

New Look

02

House of Fraser

Pretty Little Thing

[5] https://www.ukmail.com/news/news-article/2018/01/16/uk-mail-comes-2nd-in-which-delivery-poll

[6] https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/00965783/filing-history

[7] From DHL website: https://www.ukmail.com/about/csr

WE’RE LIVING RESPONSIBLY

As part of the world’s leading logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL Group, it’s our mission to connect people, improving their lives. And because of the Group’s size and importance for global trade, we have a special responsibility – to our employees, society and the environment.

Corporate responsibility plays a key role in our overall business strategy. We call this ‘Living Responsibly’. It’s our approach to creating economic, social and environmental value for our stakeholders and the planet. And it drives us towards our goal of becoming a benchmark for responsible business practices.

[8] Contact press office for copy of recruitment flyer

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