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Issue #1477      20 October 2010

DHL faces global unrest

A new report details workers’ rights violations at DHL around the world, claims the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

The report claims to have unveiled reports of anti-union tactics at a number of DHL’s companies around the world, detailing examples of alleged intimidation faced by workers fighting for decent work and the right to unionise.

The dossier, “Workers’ abuse at DHL is unacceptable”, was launched on October 6 near DHL’s global headquarters in Bonn, Germany, as unionists marked the start of a global week of action to demand respect for workers’ rights at the company.

Compiled by the ITF and UNI Global Union, the report outlines alleged unjust sackings, harassment and discrimination, problems affecting subcontracted employees, examples of bad faith from the company and the use of lie detectors. It is believed that union members are frequently targeted by these actions. The report includes stories from Bermuda, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa and the US.

Ingo Marowsky, ITF global organising coordinator, said: “Our dossier shows the other side of DHL’s face. Having reasonable relations with the union that represents over half the global staff in Germany is one thing. But dealing with a management that ignores the huge number of workers’ voices of the other half outside the home country around the world is not acceptable.” 

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