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
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