DHL drivers in England and Scotland are celebrating after negotiating significant pay deals with their employer.

More than 100 HGV drivers working for DHL Tradeteam in Burton-on-Trent voted in favour of an improved pay offer, worth up to £6,000 a year and including a pay increase worth 7.5%, which typically raises pay by £2,750 according to the Unite union.

It said the negotiated deal also means drivers now have the right to refuse any route that takes more than 11.5 hours, including rest time and breaks.

Those that do accept longer routes will receive a new premium rate, which will see many drivers earn up to £3,000 a year without having to work extra hours, based on their annualised hours contract.

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Meanwhile, DHL Supply Chain in Aberdeen has agreed a 13% pay increase over two years for around 30 drivers.

The deal also means DHL Aberdeen will recognise Unite for collective bargaining and negotiation in the future.

Responding to the deal in Burton-on-Trent, a DHL Tradeteam spokeswoman said: “We are pleased that Unite has accepted our revised pay offer and called off its planned industrial action at our Burton-on-Trent primary transport operation.

“We now look forward to delivering excellent service for our customers in the years ahead.”

DHL Supply Chain added that following constructive talks, it was pleased a deal had now been reached in Aberdeen.