One of Canada’s largest international parcel shipping companies has received 72-hour strike notice after bargaining between DHL and Unifor has stalled.
“We’re left with no other choice if DHL won’t take concessions off the bargaining table,” said Mario Santos, Unifor National Representative. “The level of disruption that DHL is inviting for customers is unfortunate, but avoidable.”
Unifor’s 800 members will be in a legal strike position as of Monday, February 6 at 12:01 a.m. E.T. DHL’s regional offices are located on or near airport properties across Canada, which could cause complications for some airports’ operations.
“Our goal is to secure fair compensation for the workers who make DHL successful,” said Santos. “We can achieve that without job action, but DHL needs to get serious about reaching a fair deal.”
Unifor represents all DHL workers outside of Québec working as express mail couriers and logistics administrators. Most DHL operations facilities are located at airports across Canada including Vancouver, Hamilton, Edmonton and Calgary. If DHL refuses to drop concessions and bargain a fair agreement, thousands of customers will be forced to rely on DHL’s competitors.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.