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Halloween protest over DPD ‘Toilet Terror’

Halloween protest over DPD ‘Toilet Terror’

30 October 2017

WHAT: Protest over DPD ‘Toilet Terror’
WHEN: Tuesday 31 October 2017 at 4.00pm
WHERE: DPD Hinckley Hub, Logix Road, Burbage, Hinckley, LE10 3BQ

Union protestors will demand action from DPD amid allegations of bullying and workers being forced to ask line managers for permission to go to the toilet.

Unite, Britain’s biggest union, will stage a Halloween themed protest outside one of Europe’s largest parcel sorting facilities to call for union recognition at the DPD Super Hub in Hinckley, amid allegations of bullying and poor treatment.

Workers are being denied the right to union recognition despite workers at other DPD sites having a national recognition agreement with Unite. Unite believes that the absence of a union recognition deal means that workers at the giant parcel sorting office face the indignity of having to ask their line manager permission to use the toilet. Some workers have even alleged that line managers have been refusing some workers time to use bathroom facilities.

Workers have also alleged; 

  • Bullying by line managers – using threatening behaviour to demand workers work harder and faster
  • Sometimes having to wait up to an hour after clocking-off to leave the premises while searches take place
  • Reports of male security guards searching female workers
  • Late notice demands on workers to undertake compulsory overtime,

Unite is calling on the company for an urgent meeting to discuss the problems workers are facing on a daily basis and to commit to recognising Unite on site in line with Unite’s national recognition agreement with DPD.

When the Hinckley hub first opened in 2015 the union was told that the national recognition agreement would apply to the new site, despite repeated requests, it is now clear that DPD has reneged on this promise and Unite believes workers are suffering as a result.

Unite regional officer, Mark Pettifer said: “It’s horrific that workers at one of Europe’s biggest parcel sorting facilities are having to suffer the indignity of asking permission to use the toilet. We believe this and many of the other problems workers are facing is a result of the company reneging on its commitment to recognise Unite as it does at other DPD sites across the country.

“Unite is staging this protest to demand an urgent meeting to resolve the problems being reported by workers and for management at the Hinckley site to recognise Unite.”

ENDS

Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors:

  • DPD is a worldwide parcel delivery service owned by Geopost. It has 830 depots in more than 40 countries and is one of Europe's main  business to business parcel delivery services.
  • Company Information about the Hinckley Hub http://www.dpd.co.uk/content/products_services/superhub.jsp