DHL delivery workers vote to strike

Unifor, employer head back to bargaining table Friday

More than 600 DHL Express staff across the country could be walking off the job as early as Dec. 5.

On Nov. 26, workers at the German-owned mail delivery service voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike after negotiations at the bargaining table failed.

Currently, there are five regional collective agreements under negotiation, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Unifor, which represents the workers, said previous deals were made during tough economic times and future collective agreements should reflect the performance of employees.

“It is imperative that we bargain a settlement that reflects the contributions that our members have made towards the success of DHL,” said Bob Orr, assistant to Unifor’s national president. “It is paramount that the employer bargain in good faith and not only reward our members for what they have done, but also live up to all provisions of the last agreement that were negotiated in the best interest of our members and the employer.”

Unifor and DHL will head back to the bargaining table Nov. 29.

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