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CWU: DHL must take "responsibility" during pandemic and adopt real sick and self-isolation pay scheme for workers

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CWU: DHL must take "responsibility" during pandemic and adopt real sick and self-isolation pay scheme for workers

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The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has urged DHL Parcel UK to adopt a “culture of responsibility” for key workers, as they launch a petition calling for a proper pay plan for people who are sick with coronavirus or have been forced to self-isolate.

The key worker status of DHL Parcel UK employees means that the company can keep a highly profitable business running while other businesses are forced to shut down and furlough staff.

During the lockdown in spring, DHL Parcel UK workers who were forced to self-isolate were paid the bare minimum statutory sick pay (SSP). Those who were ill got a week’s paid leave before returning onto SSP. Standing at the rate of £95.85, this is the worst statutory sick pay scheme in Europe.

The CWU finds it unimaginable that one of the richest logistics companies in the world have refused to pay key workers, who have risked their health for the good of the country, for having to take time off work due to having potentially come into contact with the virus.

Currently, the CWU believes that DHL Parcel UK’s refusal to implement a Covid-19 sickness policy means workers can be disciplined for following legal requirements and national health guidelines for taking time off work.

Despite the current climate, the company’s business-as-usual approach to the pandemic now means that workers forced to self-isolate will have to make the choice between doing the right thing and struggling to pay their bills.

Any action DHL fails to take will certainly impact the rates of infection in the areas where they are located.

That is why the CWU has launched a petition calling on DHL Parcels UK to listen to the concerns of their workers, customers and local communities where they operate.

CWU organiser Alan Smith said: “A culture of responsibility is essential in these troubled times, and this pandemic can only be tackled if we all play our part and do the right thing.

“DHL is no different, and their policy decisions will impact the spread of the virus amongst employees and customers.”

CWU General Secretary Dave Ward said: “It’s about time DHL acknowledged that it’s their workers that take the risk during the pandemic and make their businesses profitable.

“That’s why we are calling on them to offer full pay when sick, and full pay when self-isolating.”

We are asking all members of the public to back the campaign and sign the petition. Please sign here or see below:

BACK OUR CAMPAIGN – SIGN OUR PETITION

DHL Parcels response to the coronavirus pandemic is shameful. They have continued to maximise profits, because of increased demand, while placing their own key workers in financial hardship.

DHL has been vigilant in reminding employees of their obligations if they test positive, or are contacted by NHS Test & Trace, in order to protect themselves from any potential Government fines and to hide behind public health guidance; but self-isolation is an essential part of helping to tackle the virus, and DHL cannot expect their workers to pay the price for recovery.

Nobody should be forced to choose between self-isolating for the common good, or feeding their families and paying bills.

If DHL claims are true that they want to “make a positive contribution to society and the environment” then they must help support their workers through these difficult times.

Businesses don’t operate in vacuums – they are at the heart of communities, and any actions they fail to take will impact the rates of infection in the areas where they are located.

There can be no going back to business as usual, as many parts of the UK are in regional lockdowns, with England now being placed in full lockdown for the next month, in order to try and tackle the spread of this deadly virus.

That is why the CWU is calling on DHL to act responsibly, in order to keep their workers and the wider community safe.
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LTB 546/20 – CWU DHL Parcel National Petition
LTB No: 546/20

16th November 2020

CWU DHL Parcel National Petition

To all CWU branches and activists,

Stop DHL Making a Covid Killing at Workers Expense

DHL Parcel UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been shameful.

Due to greatly increased demand, the company have continued to see profits grow, while placing their own key workers in dire financial hardship.

To avoid any potential government fines, DHL has been insistent on reminding employees of their wider obligations should they test positive for Covid-19, or are contacted by the track-and-trace system.

There isn’t any doubt: self-isolation is an essential part of helping to tackle the virus infection rate.

But currently, DHL Parcel UK are paying limited or zero sick pay for workers forced to self-isolate, and are counting this as part of normal sick absences. This means that doing your duty as a citizen could trigger disciplinary processes, and that the company expects workers to pay the price for recovery.

Company policy claims to be reviewing all instances of self-isolation on a case-by-case basis. But in the course of our representing workers, the CWU has found no evidence of any review.

To make it clear: we believe DHL workers are suffering a gross injustice for following government guidelines on Covid-19. We believe that the company’s practice and process is deeply unfair. Nobody should be forced to choose between self-isolating for the common good, or feeding their families and paying bills.

Our petition calls for DHL Parcel UK to:

Pay their employees sick pay if they, or a household member or person in their social bubble, displays Covid-19 symptoms;
Manage any Covid-19 related absence outside of their sickness absence policy, as employees do not have a choice over self-isolation.
We are asking all CWU branches, members and friends to help widely distribute this petition online through email lists to workers and across social media.

The CWU is committed to creating fairness, equality and justice for all employees across the parcels sector. Our primary goal is to protect employment rights and narrow the gap between recognised and non-recognised companies.

This will enable us to protect terms and conditions within our core business and maintain the integrity of the service.

We need to make sure that all those who benefit from the CWU’s work become members of our union – and that is why wider support in this campaign is crucial.

Actions:

Distribute the DHL Parcel COVID-19 petition from your social media accounts. We have suggested wording for your posts and images attached. There is also a poster for members to show their solidarity – please post photos of yourself holding this for social media, tagging the below CWU campaign accounts and hashtags
Distribute the DHL COVID-19 petition to CWU Members and activists via email
Engage in the debate with your own comments using #DHLCovid to show solidarity with DHL workers
Please email dhl@cwu.org to let us know about your progress in petition distribution.
Follow our social media accounts for the DHL Campaign:
Facebook: /cwuatDHL Twitter: @CWUatDHL


Suggested wording for social media posts are:

Tell @DHLParcelUK that their workers should not be forced to choose between self isolating for the common good or feeding their families #DHLCovid
Sign the petition 👇https://www.cwu.org/dhl-sick-pay-petition
Workers in @DHLParcelUK who worked throughout #COVID19 crisis should not be facing financial hardship, they deserve full sick pay for self-isolation, sign the petition now #DHLCovid 👇https://www.cwu.org/dhl-sick-pay-petition📢


Yours sincerely,

Ray Ellis
Head of Recruitment and Organising

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