The GMB union is battling to stop an attempt to form a right wing breakaway to it in the DHL parcels company.
John Walsh, an acting GMB steward at DHL in Exeter, told Socialist Worker, “Senior union officials, including full time officials, resigned from the union at a meeting on Friday 17 June. They are now trying to organise a new union.
“The company has said it will recognise the new union if it can get as many or more members than the GMB. This will be a company sponsored staff association.
“Who’s financing it? The company has allowed the people leading it more time off than other union officials since the beginning of the year.
“Representatives who attended the recent meeting were provided with a company car so they could get there.
“The GMB is fighting back against this. The people who resigned are the same negotiating committee that accepted the company’s pay offer this year without asking the members what they thought.”
Paul Maloney, a senior officer in the GMB union, told Socialist Worker, “This isn’t a breakaway union — it’s union busting by management and a bunch of scabs.
“Rank and file members don’t want this breakaway. The same people tried something similar in the AA, which has seen 2,000 job losses with more to come since being taken over by a venture capitalist company last year.
“We have had letters from people in the AA saying they would like to rejoin the GMB.
“These people misled AA workers and want to do the same in DHL.”