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Striking Usdaw members at DHL/M&S Long Eaton start a third 24-hour stoppage on Thursday and have gained support from MPs

Date: 29 June 2021 Members of the retail logistics trade union Usdaw will begin a third 24-hour stoppage at the Long Eaton DHL / Marks and Spencer distribution centre at 5.15am on Thursday 1 July. Alex Norris MP (Labour/Co-op, Nottingham North) and Paddy Lillis (Usdaw General Secretary) will join protesters supporting the picket line at 12 noon. Lilian Greenwood MP (Labour, Nottingham South) has also pledged her support.
The continuing industrial action affects a Marks & Spencer third-party logistics contract, operated by DHL at Long Eaton in Derbyshire. Usdaw members voted by over 90% in favour of strike action in a dispute about the amount of redundancy pay that long serving staff will receive when the site closes at the end of July.

Ed Leach – Usdaw Area Organiser says: “Regrettably the company has made no attempt to come back to the negotiating table, despite the overwhelming support of our members, so we are unfortunately forced to engage in the last resort of further industrial action. We again appeal to the company to engage with us.

“DHL has announced their intention to close the site in July putting all staff at risk of redundancy. Long-serving employees, who have given decades of loyal service, deserve to be treated fairly through a difficult redundancy process. We tried to resolve this through ACAS, but the company refused to agree that staff employed prior to July 2003 are entitled to significantly enhanced redundancy pay.

“We welcome the support of Alex Norris MP and Lilian Greenwood MP, hoping that they can contact the company and try to persuade them back to the negotiating table in an attempt to secure a resolution to the ongoing dispute.”

Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with over 400,000 members. Membership has increased by more than one-third over the last couple of decades. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
For Usdaw press releases visit: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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