Unite the union has today (15 December) announced an ‘inflation busting’ wage deal for workers at DHL Bellshill ending strike action.
 
Strike action planned to commence today (15 December) has been called off as members secure a significant pay rise for warehouse, shunters and drivers on the site, many of which will receive a pay increase of between 10 and 19 per cent.
 
Talks, involving ACAS, have been protracted since April but the members stood firm with the aim to improve drivers pay for the site. An initial offer of 9% over two years was rejected because it does not address the ‘poverty pay’ experienced by the majority of the workers who earn £12.50 an hour on average.

The trade union has repeatedly highlighted its concerns over the increase in the working hours of logistics and HGV drivers across the UK, driver shortages, and the need for better wages and conditions across the industry.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a massive win for DHL workers at the Bellshill site and will send a clear message to employers that Unite will not accept an attack on our members pay or conditions. It is yet another example of Unite winning in the workplace on jobs, wages and conditions for its members. The message is clear: when workers supported by Unite take a stand we can win together.”
 
Unite regional officer Debbie Hutchings said: “We are pleased that Unite has secured a decent pay increase for our members at the site.  The revised offer goes some way to address the low pay experienced by the majority of drivers on the site, where hourly rates were way below those in other companies in the industry.

“The deal will also see drivers receive paid breaks, a reduction in their working week and the implementation of microwaves in overnight trucks. This is a massive win for our members that have stood firm against an employer that has treated workers as second class citizens.”

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