Union members to go on strike at Cumbernauld DHL warehouse over “management stonewalling”

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:19 GMT on Friday, 2nd November 2012.

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CUMBERNAULD’S Unite Scotland members, based at Westfield located DHL distribution centre have voted to go on strike again. 

The Unite members at the Cumbernauld-based DHL Supply Chain will take further strike action as a long-running dispute over pay and the future of the site continues because of ‘management stonewalling’. 

Two twenty-four hour strikes will take place from midnight on Friday 2nd and Monday 5th November respectively affecting all warehouse operations.  

In addition to the strike action a seven day overtime ban will also come into force from midnight, Friday 2nd November. 

The workforce, who overwhelmingly rejected management’s previous pay offer, fear for the future of the Westfield site after key contractor Marks & Spencer announced changes to its distribution network which will impact operations at DHL. 

This follows over two years of internal turbulence where over 100 workers have been made redundant and 15 jobs were lost over the summer following the M&S re-structure announcement. 

Unite Regional Industrial Officer Tony Devlin said: “Our members cannot do anymore than they have for the business in the post-2008 economic climate – pay cuts, pay freezes, job diversification and job losses have all been suffered – but they’ve been pushed beyond their limits. 

“Once again our members have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over this untenable situation affecting their modest pay and job security. The continuation of both DHL and M&S managements stonewalling is a disgrace – the workers are being treated with unbelievable contempt. 

Mr Devlin added: “Until our reasonable demands for meaningful negotiations over pay and clarity on the future of the warehouse operation are met then this dispute will rumble on and on.”