GMB threatens imminent driver strikes at Yodel

The GMB Union has announced it has plans for national strike action at UK delivery company Yodel. The union said that it plans to bring the entire Yodel network to a standstill in the context of a national shortage of HGV drivers

HGV drivers nationally have asked the GMB to ballot for strike action, which could lead to industrial action during the summer. This could lead to Yodel being unable to guarantee the transport of parcels between its hubs and depots.

Drivers up and down the country have asked the GMB to ballot for strike action, and this could well lead to industrial action during the coming peak summer trading period.

It has been widely reported that the long-standing shortage of HGV drivers in the UK has worsened since Brexit. In an attempt to manage the impact of this, the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced a temporary extension of drivers’ permitted working hours. In the longer term, we believe it is likely that employers of HGV drivers, such as parcels carriers, will face increased costs as driver pay levels inevitably rise to attract more people to the industry.

Nadine Houghton, GMB National Officer, said: “GMB has repeatedly tried to get Yodel to understand the strength of feeling from our driver members around these issues.

“GMB’s driver members are resolute and will continue the fight until Yodel sees sense. 

“Picking a fight with a group of organised LGV1 drivers at a time of mass driver shortages is an act of corporate self-sabotage from Yodel. 

“Our members have the power to bring their whole distribution network to a standstill during one of their busiest times – yet Yodel carries on regardless.

“Anyone looking to use Yodel deliveries this summer should think again.

“GMB will not allow Yodel to rob our hard-working members of annual leave, to impose unfair schedules, to breach collective agreements and to treat agency drivers better than their own loyal staff.”

A spokesperson for Yodel said: “We are aware of the GMB’s comments and are continuing our discussions, with further meetings planned.”