Strike vote ramps up the pressure on DHL


Ottawa—A 90% national strike mandate sends a strong message to the world’s largest shipping company: negotiate a fair deal or risk customer service.

“Forcing our members into a work stoppage will have far-reaching implications for thousands of DHL customers,” said Unifor National Representative Mario Santos. “A February strike is assured if DHL tries to roll back benefits and terms of work.”

DHL workers will be in a legal strike position on Sunday, February 5.

Unifor represents all DHL workers outside of Québec. If DHL refuses to drop concessions and bargain a fair agreement, thousands of customers will be forced to rely on DHL’s competitors.

“DHL is a massively profitable company and our goal is to secure fair compensation for the workers who make DHL successful,” said Santos. “Concessions are a non-starter for our members.”

Unifor’s 800 members at DHL work primarily as express mail couriers and logistics administrators.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.