Strike action at DHL is averted

MHBG-12-06-14 DHL GV 1'DHL Supply Chain depo, Brookhill Road, Banbury.'Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-141006-134636009
MHBG-12-06-14 DHL GV 1'DHL Supply Chain depo, Brookhill Road, Banbury.'Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-141006-134636009

Planned strike action at DHL in Banbury has been called off after GMB union members voted to accept a new pay offer.

GMB reps were asked to a meeting with the conciliatory service ACAS on Monday in search of an eleventh hour resolution to the ongoing row over pay after members voted for industrial action in a ballot.

A ballot over whether to accept the new deal – increasing the basic pay from £8.43 to £9 an hour – was held this week and more than 200 members have voted in favour.

GMB organiser, David Day, said: “GMB members at DHL have voted in favour to accept 3.5 per cent plus 27p per hour increase on all base rates.

“This now takes the hourly rate from £8.43 to £9 an hour and also stops the differentials from growing. All industrial action has now been called off.

“This is excellent pay deal and goes a long way towards our members and GMB’s aspirations of £10 an hour. GMB would like to recognise the hard work of the members and DHL for reopening talks with us to avoid any action from being taken.”