Cumbernauld DHL workers vote for strike action in pay dispute

18 Sep

Unite Scotland members at the Cumbernauld-based DHL Supply Chain will take industrial action after a long-running dispute over pay and the future of the site.

Over 350 workers, mainly warehouse and logistics operatives, rejected management’s offer of  2% increase a year for two years and over 90% of ballot papers returned in favour of strike action.  This takes place against a backdrop of €53 billion in global revenue generated in 2011 for the German logistics giant.

Workers are also increasingly concerned about the future of the Westfield site after key contractor Marks & Spencer announced changes to its distribution network which will impact operations at DHL.

In last two years, over 100 workers have been made redundant and 15 jobs were lost over the summer following the M&S re-structure announcement.

Unite Regional Industrial Officer Tony Devlin said, “We’ve got to the point where the situation is untenable. This workforce readily accepted a global pay freeze in 2008 and has had to contend with a significant spate of redundancies in the last two years – their commitment to DHL and M&S is unquestionable. 

We’ve accepted the cuts and made proposals for the diversification of the business operation after the M&S announcement but have been continuously kept in the dark by DHL and M&S.  The recent pay offer was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

The workers have said ‘enough is enough’ and our position is clear on what it will take to resolve this dispute: A better pay offer and clarity on the future of Cumbernauld from DHL and M&S senior management.”

A schedule for strike action will be announced in due course.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:  For further information please contact Unite Scotland Regional Industrial Officer Tony Devlin on 07810157908 or Peter Welsh in the Unite Scotland Campaigns Unit on 07810157931.

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