Usdaw members voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial 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. The industrial action affects a Marks & Spencer third-party logistics contract, operated by DHL at Long Eaton in Derbyshire.
Ed Leach – Usdaw Area Organiser says:
“Industrial action is always a last resort and we are deeply disappointed that the company has still not formally responded to the decisive ballot result, with over 90% of Usdaw members voting in favour of industrial action.
“Long-serving DHL employees, who have given decades of loyal service, deserve what we believe they are entitled to and fair treatment in these difficult times. It is extremely disappointing that we have been forced into this position by DHL’s refusal to agree that staff employed prior to July 2003, who are now being made redundant, are entitled to significantly enhanced redundancy pay.
“We again call on the company to get back round the negotiating table. The ball is in their court and only they can stop this industrial action.”
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Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers)
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