Strike action due to start next week over pay and redundancy packages by Dartford-based DHL drivers will be delayed following ‘productive’ talks mediated by the conciliation service Acas this week, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Thursday 28 November).

The HGV drivers, who deliver to Sainsbury’s stores across parts of London and the South East, have agreed to cancel planned strike action on Friday 6 December in order to allow Acas talks between Unite and DHL to continue on Tuesday 3 December and Wednesday 4 December. 

Unite members overwhelmingly voted (97.4 per cent) in favour of strike action that is scheduled to take place on a number of dates over the next three months.

The 24 hour strike set to begin on 6 December has now been cancelled, however a series of further strikes beginning on 13 December will still go ahead if talks fail. 

Unite regional officer Phil Silkstone said: “Following two days of productive pay negotiations under the auspices of Acas, both sides have agreed that talks will continue next week, specifically 3 and 4 December. As these further negotiations are planned, Unite has agreed to cancel the industrial action that was planned to take place on Friday 6 December.”

The strike dates still scheduled by Unite are: 13,19, 20, 21, 22, 23 December 2019, 3,10,17, 24, 31 January 2020 and 13,14,15 February 2020.


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:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Ryan Fletcher on 07849 090215.

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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.