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UK Mail Drivers Furious

Thursday, May 31, 2018


This new attack on pay will leave some drivers earning less than £5.00 per hour which is way below the National Living Wage says GMB.

GMB, the union for UK Mail drivers, has expressed anger over attacks to members’ pay at the company’s site in Gildersome, near Leeds.

The union says drivers’ terms and conditions are being driven into the ground by the company.

Delivery drivers at UK Mail have been told by management that they are to face yet another pay cut if they work on certain rounds.

This is on top of a 4% cut in pay forced upon them only a few months ago. [1]

UK Mail, which is part of the DHL giant, is one of the UK’s leading postal services, delivering and collecting 3 billion items each year.  

GMB’s 101st annual congress takes place in Brighton from June 4 – 6.

Andrew Aldwinkle, GMB Organiser, said:

“This new attack on pay will leave some drivers earning less than £5.00 per hour which is way below the National Living Wage.

“Workers at the site have refused to accept this new round of cuts and many are now approaching GMB to fight their cause.  Some workers have had four pay cuts in the last two years.”  

“DHL claims to be a fair employer that treats its workers with respect and dignity.  

“None of that is evident at the Gildersome site.  Members are fed up with constant cuts to their pay rates and the bullying behaviour of senior managers.

“GMB will fight to ensure workers receive fair pay for a day’s work.”

“These drivers are working excessive hours just to make ends meet and the current pay cut puts them on poverty pay.  

“GMB is calling on the management at DHL to reverse any pay cuts and to start treating these drivers with the respect they deserve.  

“Working excessive hours could lead to some serious incidents like those that have been witnessed at DHL’s competitors. Unfortunately, this is only the tip of a very big iceberg.”

“GMB is committed to end bogus self-employment and to ensure that workers are paid a decent living wage without the need for dangerous working practices including excessive hours.”


Contact:  Andrew Aldwinkle on 0345 337 7777, Caroline Jones on 0345 337 7777 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at

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