Staff at UPS Parcels in central London will strike again on Friday, 20 December - the busiest day of the year - in the dispute over unreasonable workloads and alleged bullying.
The second day of strike action by 120 drivers and loaders in Camden, the biggest UPS depot in Europe, follows the hardline Regis Street management sacking a Unite shop steward.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The Yuletide face of UPS has slipped to reveal a bullying culture of excessive workloads, where a legitimate trade union shop steward has been victimised and lost his job.
“The management has not moved an inch since our members first went on strike on 22 November over excessive workloads and our members have been given no choice, but to take further action on what is the busiest day of the year for the Camden depot.
“We call on the management to negotiate constructively and also to reinstate our steward immediately, otherwise their customers in central and west London will be hit, with the possibility that parcels due to arrive in time for Christmas won’t get to their destination on time.
“The steward was sacked after his van was broken into and the company claimed it no longer had trust and confidence in him.
“However, after the robbery, UPS did not suspend him - instead it allowed him to carry on with his normal duties, so we can only conclude that his sacking was solely due to the fact that he had the courage to stand up to a pervasive bullying culture.”
Unite warned that if UPS does not reach a settlement, this dispute could spread to other UPS depots across the country, unhappy with excessive workloads and forced overtime. Members at other London depots have already voted in favour of action in a consultative ballot.
Onay Kasab warned that UPS could lose out to its competitors, the Royal Mail and DHL, if the underlying issues at UPS are not addressed.
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.