Yodel has reversed its decision to sack licensed security staff at its Hatfield depot and allegedly try to replace them with lower paid non-Security Industry Authority (SIA) licenced personnel.

The decision has been welcomed by the GMB union who said it was essential the company followed good industrial relations practice to ensure it can deal with the pressures that arise during the coronavirus outbreak.

The union had previously accused Yodel of using the impact of the pandemic as an excuse to cut costs.

Steve Garelick, GMB London regional organiser, said: "GMB has now contacted SIA on this matter and has submitted grievances into managers.

“Now more than ever it is important to have a strong union out there.”