London UPS strike highlights nationwide issue

London UPS strike highlights nationwide issue

02 December 2013

Unite members at UPS’s North London depot went on a 24-hour strike on 22nd November in protest at excessive workloads and forced overtime. 

With UPS workers across the country facing the same problems, the dispute is showing signs of spreading. “There are simply not enough staff to get through the work,” said Unite regional officer, Onay Kasab. 

“The result is that workers are being forced to stay on after their contractual finish time. If you want to leave work on time to see your kids, go to parents’ evening, or just get off home because you’re feeling rough – that’s tough. Nobody should have to work like that in this day and age,” he said.

Despite the efforts of UPS, services at the Camden depot were severely disrupted. It is the first time UPS workers in the UK have gone on strike and it has boosted Unite membership at the company. Other depots around London are now holding indicative ballots, to pave the way for strike votes over the same issues.

“Unite members have already voted for strike ballots at UPS depots in West London and Chelmsford. More indicative ballots are planned at Barking, Dartford and Croydon this week,” said Onay Kasab. “Our members as far afield as Bristol and Glasgow are telling us they face the same problems. 

"We are now preparing for a national campaign of industrial action because UPS does not accept that workers have the right to finish work ontime,” said Kasab.

For more information, contact Onay Kasab

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