Anti-union "purge" at DHL in South Africa

Release date: 6/05/2011

The ITF has learned that workers and managers at DHL in South Africa are being subjected to intimidation for attempting to join a union.

ITF News Release

It has been reported that the harassment began when a manager was suspended for belonging to the ITF-affiliated South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu). The union has also raised concerns that DHL management in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa have implemented a local policy of dismissing junior human resources staff and other managers once they express a wish to join the union. Satawu has said that the company’s actions were effectively an anti-union “purge”.

In a letter to local DHL managers dated 4 May, Ingo Marowsky, ITF organising globally coordinator and Neil Anderson, UNI head of post and logistics reminded them that these actions “appear to be inconsistent with DHL’s stated global standards.” They also stated: “We would add that these dismissals are in contravention of the laws of South Africa, which permit freedom of association.”

They called for the immediate reinstatement of any employees who had been suspended or dismissed because of their union membership. They warned them that, should they refuse to do so, the ITF and UNI would have no other option but to raise an official complaint in Germany with senior DHL managers in Bonn or at DHL’s annual general meeting in Frankfurt.

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