Unite calls for talks with DHL over BHS

Unite the Union has called for urgent talks with DHL over the potential collapse of the UK high street store chain BHS. DHL handles much of the logistics for delivery of goods to and from the shops that are present on most UK high streets. In addition the company provides warehousing for the company, that went into administration last week.

DHL said of the situation, “While discussions with the administrators are continuing, it would be premature to speculate on the long term impact of last week’s announcement. However we are working closely with our trade union and colleagues at this time.”

Unite’s national officer for road transport Matt Draper called for more information today. He said, “We are asking for urgent talks with DHL on the BHS collapse to explore what the implications are. The BHS situation demonstrates that the effects go beyond those directly employed to those working in the wider supply chain.”

In addition the union made a statement that added: “A total of 60 drivers and about 300 warehouse workers, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, work for the logistics company DHL which supplies the 164 chain store on a daily basis. The majority of Unite’s members are based at Atherstone, near Coventry.”

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