GMB calls for UK Mail driver pay talks

The GMB union has formally called for DHL to come to the table to discuss the contract terms of UK Mail drivers. The union has made it plain that there could be industrial action should the parties not agree.

Since DHL bought out the UK mail delivery firm, UK Mail has reviewed the remuneration policy for the drivers it uses. According to the firm, it is confident that self-employed drivers “will continue to see their average earnings increase” under the new structure. However the GMB disagrees and claims that it amounts to a “pay cut”.

The GMB released a statement late last week. It said, “More than 20 drivers at various depots refused to sign the pay cut – and as a result the company sacked these drivers.”

In response, UK Mail said that: “A small number of drivers have opted not to renew their contracts under the new terms.”

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer Transport and Distribution, said: “We have written to DHL/UK Mail demanding an urgent meeting.

“If they don’t respond and meet with us, our campaign for justice for GMB drivers at this company will go to another level.”