Workers at three DHL Supply Chain sites in South Yorkshire have overwhelmingly accepted an improved pay offer of 2.6 per cent for the year starting June 2016.
Unite, the country’s largest union, said that the 15 days of planned strikes would not now go-ahead.
The pay deal will benefit all warehouse operatives across the two sites at Bawtry and also at the Harworth site which is due to close when its employees are transferred to Markham Vale, operated by Great Bear Distribution.
Unite warned the Great Bear management not to erode the pay, and terms and conditions of the 150 workers from Harworth, otherwise industrial action could be on the cards.
Unite regional officer Harriet Eisner said: “The DHL management made an improved offer of 2.6 per cent, up from 1.25 per cent, which was overwhelmingly accepted by our members. As a result, the planned industrial strikes won’t now proceed. I would like to thank our members for the solidarity they have shown during this dispute.
“There have been assurances from DHL about the TUPE - Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations - move to Great Bear.
“However, we still have concerns about the new employer, Great Bear and the risk that it may be ‘picking and choosing’ who it wishes to make redundant from those transferring.
“Unite is arguing that all those who are ready and willing to relocate to Great Bear at Markham Vale do so on their current terms and conditions. For all those for whom it is too difficult to travel to the new site, they will need to be paid their contractual redundancy by Great Bear.
“So far, Great Bear has indicated it intends to remove some of the terms and conditions enjoyed by the DHL staff, including paid breaks, collective bargaining rights and parts of the sick pay scheme.
“However, we have put down a strong marker to the Great Bear bosses that when the workers at Harworth are TUPE’d we won’t countenance any diminution of their pay, and terms and conditions.
“This would be a recipe for poor employment relations and could lead to industrial action, if these proposals are not rescinded. We will continue to fight for our members’ interests.”
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940.
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.