Sacked Unite members from DHL Howdens are heading to London for targeted demonstrations to keep up the fight for justice tomorrow (Thursday 7 February).
53 drivers formally employed by DHL in Widnes, who delivered kitchens for Howdens, were dismissed yesterday (Tuesday 5th February). There was no consultation from their employer or indeed Howdens over the relocation of the transport operation from Widnes in Cheshire to Howden in Yorkshire.
No sound or tangible business rationale has been offered for the relocation of Howdens transport operation. Unite believes the company's decision is an attack on the strongly unionised workers by an anti-union company.
Last month the workers took three days of industrial action as well as taking part in wide spread demonstrations aimed at highlighting the workers' despicable treatment. The drivers are calling for constructive talks with DHL and Howdens with a view to full reinstatement.
Unite national officer Adrian Jones said:
"Even though these drivers have been sacked they have vowed to fight on. Tomorrow our demonstrations are going to target Howdens in London. If Howdens think that because the drivers have been sacked and have received redundancy pay they'll go away then they are very wrong. We are going to fight until we get justice, the drivers are determined get their jobs back."
Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Notes to editors: Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.
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