DHL Yorkshire strike averted

Unite the union has announced that the planned strike action at three Yorkshire DHL Supply Chain sites has been cancelled after workers voted overwhelmingly to take an increased pay offer of 2.6% backdated to June 2016.

Unite has released a statement today that says the pay deal will apply to all warehouse operatives across the two sites at Bawtry and the Haworth site. Haworth is set to close when its employees will be transferred to Markham Vale (operated by Great Bear Distribution on behalf of DHL).

Unite regional officer Harriet Eisner said: “The DHL management made an improved offer of 2.6%, up from 1.25%, which was overwhelmingly accepted by our members. As a result, the planned industrial strike won’t now proceed.”

Eisner added: “There have been assurances from DHL about the TUPE – Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations – move to Great Bear.

“However, we still have concerns about the new employer, Great Bear and the risk that it may be ‘picking and choosing’ who it wishes to make redundant from those transferring.

“Unite is arguing that all those who are ready and willing to relocate to Great Bear at Markham Vale do so on their current terms and conditions. For all those for whom it is too difficult to travel to the new site, they will need to be paid their contractual redundancy by Great Bear.”  
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