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Global Unions say DHL puts the squeeze on its workers

Nyon (ots) - This week, unions around the world are telling post and logistics company Deutsche Post DHL to stop putting the squeeze on its workers. In dozens of cases in over 20 countries, DHL has sacked, harassed and intimidated workers for union activities. The attacks on workers' rights and unions started long before the financial crisis but now DHL management has latched onto the crisis as an excuse for drastic cost cutting and victimizing its employees. In Germany, workers at the new Leipzig hub are paid so little they are entitled to government income subsidies. In South Africa, DHL has lost three court cases for wrongful sackings of union stewards This week DHL employees and their unions are standing up to the company and demanding respect for their rights in the "Don't put the squeeze on workers" campaign. The global campaign for DHL workers has been organised by UNI Global Union and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF). The unions are asking the public to go to http://www.respect4workers.org to send messages to DHL CEO Frank Appel urging him to respect workers' rights. "We are asking DHL to stick to its own key words: respect and results," said UNI General Secretary Philip Jennings. "If the company respects its workers it will see far better results than if it joins the global race to the bottom on pay, conditions and trade union rights." For more information go to: http://www.respect4workers.org UNI Post & Logistics is the global union for the postal and logistics industry, representing 2.5 million workers worldwide. The ITF represents transport trade unions with almost 5 million members globally. ots Originaltext: UNI global union Internet: www.presseportal.ch Contact: Neil Anderson Mobile: +41/79/508'26'16 E-Mail: neil.anderson@uniglobalunion.org

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