UNI Global Union

Union video demands DHL respect its workers as company plans to relocate facility for "convenience"

    Nyon (ots) - Unions are blasting German-based post and logistics company Deutsche Post DHL for the betrayal of its hallmark value of respect in a new video that highlights the company's failure to respect worker's rights worldwide.

    Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnOyql_iXIg

    DHL is currently trampling workers rights in Belgium, where the company is set to shut down its European headquarters near Brussels Airport and put 788 people out of work. The company will move the work to Bonn, Leipzig and Prague.

    The company said the decision was made simply for convenience and will not produce any cost savings. Fewer than 5 percent of workers said they could relocate to the new facilities.

    DHL is also refusing to negotiate the severance packages with the union and says it will only engage individually with workers, a move which will likely mean that many workers will receive much less than they would if the union represented them.

    The DHL Workers Network, a global network of over 200,000 workers in more than 50 unions, has put together a video message for the company, demanding that it show respect to its workers and sign a global agreement that will make its commitments to workers rights clear and its responsibilities explicit.

    Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnOyql_iXIg

    The DHL Workers Network, an alliance of unions representing the company's employees around the world who are affiliated to global union federations UNI Global Union and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), is standing in solidarity with its sisters and brothers in Belgium.

    "The company has shown no regard for 788 working families in Belgium who will see one of their earners out of a job in the coming year," said Neil Anderson, head of UNI Post and Logistics. "This is a devastating blow for hundreds of workers who may not be able to find work in this difficult environment."

    UNI, the global union for skills and services, represents 2.5 million postal sector workers.

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Rachel Cohen
UNI Global Union Communications
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E-Mail: Rachel.cohen@uniglobalunion.org



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