Yodel puts drivers at risk

28 May 2020
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Yodel, one of the largest courier firms in the UK, is putting staff at deadly risk by imposing changes on their drivers across Northern Ireland says GMB. 

The union has slammed the decision to remove the right of staff to take the vans home after work – forcing drivers on public transport in the midst of the pandemic and increasing the risk of cross contamination in vehicles. 

Yodel is owned by the multi-billionaire Barclay brothers who own and live on Brecqhou an island in the Channel Islands. 

Peter Macklin, GMB Organiser, said:  

“Stopping drivers taking their vans home at the end of a shift is a shocking decision, at the worst possible time. 

“Many of our members live considerable distances from their respective depots – they will now either be unable to work, or force them onto overcrowded public transport system. 

“Meanwhile they face an increased risk of cross contamination of Covid-19, as drivers can’t be guaranteed that they will have access to the same vehicle at all times, or that the vehicles have been adequately sanitised. 

“The fear of the impact on our members’ health and working lives is causing considerable stress and anxiety.” 

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