DHL workers at East Midlands Airport to strike further 14 days

DHL workers at East Midlands Airport to strike further 14 days

Members of the trade union Unite employed by DHL Aviation at East Midlands Airport will “dramatically escalate” the industrial action set to begin tomorrow with a further 14 days of strikes.

Unite announced on 31 January that its members would walk out on the airport over a pay dispute with DHL Aviation.

180 workers were set to strike from 9 to 19 February, but will now hold further action through to 4 March.

The workers, who undertake ramp duties, provide aircraft handling and oversee the tower at the airport are currently paid £10.96.

Strikes were initially called at the end of January after a 9.8 per cent pay increase was rejected by Unite members, which the trade union said was “in effect a real terms pay cut”, whilst the real rate of inflation stood at 11.3 per cent in April 2023 when the increase was due.

Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, said: “DHL is a multi-million-pound company. It can fully afford to dramatically improve its pay offer and the behaviour in failing to address our members’ concerns.

“Our members will have Unite’s unwavering support throughout the action.”

Melanie Todner, Unite regional officer, added: “DHL Aviation’s lack of accountability and unwillingness to engage has led to this escalation in industrial action. The disruption that is bound to follow is entirely a result of DHL’s actions.”

A DHL Aviation UK spokesperson told CAAS: “We are disappointed that Unite and its members are undertaking industrial action at our East Midlands Airport operation.

“Contingency planning is in place to ensure service is maintained for our customers.”

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