- 10 March 2021
- Transport / Logistics Services
UK independent carrier Yodel faces a bill of up to £250,000 for underpaying many of its workers for up to 20 years.
The GMB Union, that has taken Yodel to the Employment Tribunal, say that 500 workers could have been under paid up to £1,000 each for their night shift. This stems from 18 night workers discovering their overtime allowances were not paid to them.
The workers contacted their union the GMB who has launched a grievance on their behalf. Yodel has refused to honour those debts, so the GMB has taken on Pattinson and Brewers solicitors to take the carrier to the Employment Tribunal.
Steve Garelick, GMB Organiser, said: “Being underpaid £2.70 an hour might not sound a lot to some people – but added up over weeks, months and years this is can be the difference between making the rent or putting decent food on the table.
“GMB Union has evidence this underpayment goes back as far as 20 years – it’s ridiculous Yodel has not settled and would rather take its chances at a tribunal.
“We believe the tribunal will deliver the right outcome for our Yodel members. This should serve as a warning to other employers not to short change workers.”
Chris Riley, of Pattinson and Brewer, said: “It’s disappointing that a company as large as Yodel considers it reasonable to alter employees’ terms and conditions
“Yodel’s stance is surprising given the weight of evidence available and the concessions already made by them to date.
“The employees and GMB Union have been reasonable in their approach and sought to resolve matters amicably.
“However, they now feel that there is no choice but to push forwards with a tribunal claim to seek a determination in their favour.
“This case is likely to have far-reaching implications.”
In response, Yodel have released a statement to Apex Insight saying, “Yodel is surprised by the GMB announcement today. We have a small claim affecting a small number of colleagues and we are in the process of finding a resolution for all parties.”