The GMB union has organised a consultative ballot for its 4,500 members at the DHL Express parcel company. GMB members rejected the company’s 3 percent pay offer in a ballot earlier this summer.
John Walsh, A GMB activist in Exeter, told Socialist Worker, “Management is saying that GMB has breached an agreement to accept the 3 percent offer.
“But the GMB says that it was the people who are trying to form a breakaway union inside DHL who made the agreement while they were GMB reps in DHL (Union anger at DHL parcels company, SW, 2 July and Breakaway union attempt at AA and DHL SW, 9 July).
“The GMB wants to reopen negotiations. While the issue is pay, the dispute is more about the attitude of DHL.
“The company is trying to give the new association as much leeway as possible.
“It recently sacked Bernard Doherty, an employee at the Nine Elms depot in south London, because a sick note from his doctor hadn’t turned up. He was suffering from ill health and later died.
“DHL has had bad publicity due to this. The ballot is set to close on Wednesday of this week. We have pushed for an overwhelming vote for action in Exeter.”