Unite the union warns strike will impact all aspects of Spirit AeroSystems production in Northern Ireland as DHL workforce handles every part from the rivets to the wings
After an industrial ballot returned a 100 percent vote for strike action at DHL Supply Chain at Spirit AeroSystems, Unite has today served notice on the company that it will commence strike action starting with a first, five-day stoppage next week.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “The industrial dispute centres over the poverty pay and poor conditions of DHL workers at the sites which even lags behind that in other DHL facilities. During the Covid shutdown DHL worldwide has made more than £1.2 billion in profit and received tens of millions of public funding under the furlough scheme. They can well afford to give the workforce a decent pay rise – and the members will have full union support in getting a decent deal.”
Regional Coordinating Officer for Northern Ireland, Susan Fitzgerald, challenged DHL Supply chain management and called on them to show their workers respect.
“These workers’ pay and terms and conditions are even inferior to those of DHL workers at other sites: they receive a poverty pay rate of £9.24 an hour, they work some of the longest hours and enjoy the least holidays. This ballot result – unanimous for strike action – demonstrates the strength of the workforces’ determination to win real improvements through strike action.
“Any disruption to production will be sole responsibility of DHL Supply Chain management who have failed to show any respect to the workers who create vast profits for them. If DHL want to deliver on their contractual obligations to Spirit AeroSystems they need to move quickly to deliver significant improvements on pay and conditions”, Ms Fitzgerald concluded.
This workforce wields significant power and plays an essential role in production at Spirit AeroSystems, a key manufacturer in Northern Ireland. In the factory and dispatch hub and wing production sites at Queen’s Island, DHL workers handle every single part: from the rivets to the wings; they transport built parts between production lines and dispatch processed fuselage parts globally – to Spirit sites in Morocco, Canada and the US.