Stop DHL Making a Covid Killing at Worker’s Expense
The CWU is calling on DHL Parcels UK – one of the wealthiest logistics companies in the world – to:
♦ Pay their employees sick pay if they, or a household member, or person in their social bubble displays Covid-19 symptoms.
♦ Manage any Covid-19 related absence outside of their sickness absence policy, as employees do not have a choice over self-isolation.
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DHL Parcels response to the coronavirus pandemic is shameful. They have continued to maximise profits, because of increased demand, while placing their own key workers in financial hardship.
DHL has been vigilant in reminding employees of their obligations if they test positive, or are contacted by NHS Test & Trace, in order to protect themselves from any potential Government fines and to hide behind public health guidance; but self-isolation is an essential part of helping to tackle the virus, and DHL cannot expect their workers to pay the price for recovery.
Nobody should be forced to choose between self-isolating for the common good, or feeding their families and paying bills.
If DHL claims are true that they want to “make a positive contribution to society and the environment” then they must help support their workers through these difficult times.
Businesses don’t operate in vacuums – they are at the heart of communities, and any actions they fail to take will impact the rates of infection in the areas where they are located.
There can be no going back to business as usual, as many parts of the UK are in regional lockdowns, with England now being placed in full lockdown for the next month, in order to try and tackle the spread of this deadly virus.
That is why the CWU is calling on DHL to act responsibly, in order to keep their workers and the wider community safe.
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