Parcel deliveries in London will be severely hit tomorrow (Friday 22 November), as staff at UPS parcels stage a 24 hour strike in a dispute over unreasonable workloads and alleged bullying.
The 120 drivers, night packers and loaders, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, who work at the Camden depot - the biggest UPS depot in Europe - will strike from 00:01 hours on Friday (22 November). They had previously voted by a massive 91 per cent to take strike action.
The strike follows the failure of last ditch negotiations with the Regis Street management yesterday (Wednesday 20 November) to resolve the dispute.
The drivers and loaders said that yesterday’s offer from management had not sufficiently addressed the issues of excessive workloads, forced overtime and bullying.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The company made an offer yesterday that failed to address our members’ deep seated grievances and it was rejected. As a result, there will be a 24 hour strike tomorrow (Friday) that will hit UPS parcel deliveries in central and west London.
“We call on the management to negotiate in a constructive manner to settle this dispute for the benefit of their customers and our members.
“However, profits come first with UPS. If that is achieved by bullying and stopping our members having a decent work-life balance with their families, then that is clearly a price that UPS thinks is worth paying. We will not stand by and allow our members to be treated in this appalling way.”
Onay Kasab warned that further industrial action could be on the cards if a settlement was not forthcoming. UPS customers across London may find their parcel deliveries severely disrupted in the weeks before Christmas, with UPS losing out to its competitors, the Royal Mail and DHL.
For further information please contact Onay Kasab on 07771 818 637 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
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- 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.