Unite distribution workers at DHL in East Kilbride can look forward to the future with optimism after securing an above-inflation five per cent pay increase following months of fraught negotiations.
Over three hundred people are employed by the global logistics firm on a lucrative contract for the supermarket giant Sainsbury’s at their Langlands Park depot, working across a range of warehouse-based occupations.
Take-home pay for workers has been increasingly squeezed by the rising cost of living over the last few years and the five per cent settlement – backdated to April 1st 2013 – will help make a real difference at a time of year when ordinary working people and their families need it most.
Unite regional industrial officer Willie McGonigle said, “This is a good news story that bodes well for the future of jobs at the Langlands Park site but more importantly it ensures that work continues to pay for staff on the DHL contract.
“At times this was a painstaking process, requiring lengthy negotiations and the mediation services of ACAS to avoid industrial action, but common sense has prevailed and the employer has correctly recognised the value of its workforce.
“Make no mistake about it we could not have achieved this above inflation agreement without the collective resolve and strength that workers can only find in a trade union.”
Notes to editors: For further information please contact Unite regional industrial officer Willie McGonigle on 07810157912 or Peter Welsh on 07810157931.
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.