DHL Supply Chain has talked down threats by the Unite union that Sainsbury’s is facing summer shortages on its shelves amid a row over workers’ pay, saying efforts are being made to minimise disruption.
Unite said week-long strike action starting on 13 August will hit supplies to the supermarket’s stores across Scotland and Northern Ireland after DHL warehouse workers rejected a “poor pay offer”.
The union represents over 300 DHL warehouse workers based at the distribution centre in Langlands Park, East Kilbride and it said 96% on a 68% turnout voted to take strike action following rejection of a final offer, which it claimed represented a real terms pay cut.
Unite pointed to DHL’s German owned parent company, Deutsche Post DHL Group, which it said had increased revenues by 19.8% to €22.6bn and had reported operating profit of €2.2bn in the opening quarter of 2022.
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Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our DHL Sainsbury’s members deserve a fair pay rise and to be treated equally with their fellow workers based throughout the UK.
Unite will challenge DHL and its mega-wealthy owners.”
A spokeswoman for DHL Supply Chain said: “We are disappointed that Unite and its members have voted in favour of industrial action at our Langlands Park depot.
“We look forward to further talks to reach a satisfactory outcome for both parties but contingency plans are now in place and every effort will be made to minimise disruption to services should the action go ahead.”
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