The delivery company who have been involved with the almost complete shut down of KFC has been accused of mistreating its staff.
The GMB union claims workers who have shown nothing but loyalty to DHL and are now being thrown out of their jobs through no fault of their own.
GMB, the union for warehouse and distribution workers, has accused DHL of ‘doing the dirty’ after staff were given the double hammer blow of losing their jobs and their enhanced redundancy payments at the same time.
Up to 140 workers on the O2 contract at the Normanton site face the sack.
Many were set to receive historical enhanced redundancy rights from the time they worked for Tibbet & Britten, and through TUPE regulations would have kept their original terms and conditions when they transferred.
DHL and incoming company Brightstar, are trying to renege on making these payments leaving workers thousands of pounds out of pocket.
Andrew Aldwinkle, GMB Organiser, said: “These workers have shown nothing but loyalty to DHL and are now being thrown out of their jobs through no fault of their own.
“DHL are really doing the dirty on these workers – because if that wasn’t bad enough, they have now been told they will not receive their full redundancy package.
“It is an absolute disgrace.
“GMB is calling upon DHL to ensure that not one single worker misses out on enhanced redundancy pay.
“DHL are coming under increased scrutiny and are getting a reputation for the shoddy way they treat their employees.
“This is a chance for them to get some positive publicity and do the right thing.
“GMB has spoken to local Labour MP, Yvette Cooper, who has offered her support to fight for the workers and their rights.”