The TWU supports the right of all DHL workers globally to organise as part of their chosen union. In the past, things like mail and logistics were handled locally, but as these industries have expanded, organisation and management have become global.
Global supply chains and the transnational nature of transport companies like DHL require a coordinated global response from trade unions. The TWU is working with unions across the world to ensure companies like DHL live up to their international obligations.
Despite professing respect for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Global Compact and the ILO’s conventions, DHL has refused to hold discussionswith the Global Union Federations to develop regular monitoring of working conditions and standards across its operations. Meanwhile, there have been numerous reports of harassment of DHL workers around the world, which has seen workers sacked and intimidated just for trying to secure their rights in the workplace.
See below for the latest updates on our international fight for safe and fair conditions for all workers.
TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 8 March 2016
The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has called for immediate action to investigate DHL operations in Australia after a new report exposed widespread harassment and bullying of employees by management in the company’s international operations.
My name is Simon Bridge. I live in Sydney, NSW, Australia. I worked for DHL for almost nine years. I was a van delivery driver around the Sydney metro area. My yard was located at Greystanes in western Sydney.
Respect For DHL Workers, 7 April 2015
From April 2011, DHL workers in Turkey were targeted by management for simply joining their union and organising for better conditions in their workplace.
We have recently discovered evidence that DHL in India has threatened and has now begun to carry out retaliation against union activists, sending workers who stand up to management off to worksites sometimes hundreds of kilometres away, disrupting families and creating onerous financial burdens, all in an explicit effort to intimidate workers and weaken their union.
ITF, 12 September 2014
Uni Global Union affiliate, the DHL Global Forwarding (Malaysia) Pte. Ltd. Employees Union and its members went through the Secret Ballot Exercise for the purpose of the recognition of the union conducted by the Ministry of Human Resources, Malaysia. On 19th August 2014, the Secret Ballot took place in Penang and on 21st August 2014 in Kuala Lumpur and Johore Bharu. The union won the Ballot with a majority of 80% of the votes cast. The Employees’ union is now planning on negotiating its first Collective Agreement to improve the working conditions of its members.
ITF Campaign Update, 28 August 2014