Strike action by Dartford-based DHL drivers has been cancelled after they accepted an offer of a six per cent pay deal and an enhanced redundancy package from the company, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Tuesday 17 December).

About 200 HGV drivers, who are based at Sainsbury’s Dartford regional distribution centre and deliver to Sainsbury’s stores across parts of London and the South East, voted overwhelmingly (94 per cent) in favour of the deal.

The deal, which includes a six per cent pay increase over two years and an enhanced redundancy package, was tabled following talks between DHL’s management and Unite that were mediated by the conciliation service Acas.

A series of strikes due to take place over December, January and February have now been cancelled.

Unite regional officer Phil Silkstone said: “Our members have accepted DHL’s offer of improved pay and terms and conditions, including an enhanced redundancy package. They secured this substantial deal by standing together and acting collectively.

“We are very pleased that all strike action has now been cancelled and that disruption to DHL and Sainsbury’s has been avoided. Unite looks forward to working constructively with DHL in the future.”


Notes to editors:

DHL urged to accept Dartford based drivers’ ‘reasonable’ demands to avoid Christmas chaos for Sainsbury’s shoppers in London and South East:

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.