DHL Express given strike notice

by MM&D staff

TORONTO, Ontario—Unifor is threatening to strike against DHL Express.

The union—which was formed in August when the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) merged—issued a 72-hour notice to DHL on December 2.

If no resolution between the two sides is reached by December 5, a strike will commence in all provinces with members represented by Unifor.

Unifor represents more than 600 DHL workers across the country in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. According to a statement issued by the union, members in various locals have voted on average 98 percent in favour of a strike. It added that negotiations have been ongoing since May.

“Unifor is prepared to take on the struggle for courier workers across Canada and our members are prepared to strike if necessary to achieve a fair contract,” said Bob Orr, assistant to Unifor’s national president.

“Our bargaining committees have been working for over six months to achieve a fair agreement. DHL has stalled on addressing the key issues and their proposals do not reflect the contributions that our members have made towards the success of DHL,” he added.

Unifor members at DHL Express deliver and pick up packages across Canada, including international freight.