TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Unifor reached a tentative deal at 2am
today for a new contract for its members at DHL Express across Canada,
two hours into a strike.
Final details are to be worked out in the coming days, and ratifications
votes set up in numerous locations.
"Deadline bargaining and continued solidarity made this deal possible,"
said Bob Orr, Unifor Assistant to the President, adding the bargaining
committee is unanimously recommending that the deal be ratified.
Unifor represents more than 600 DHL workers across the country in
British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova
Scotia. Members voted on average 98 per cent in favour of a strike if
necessary. Only eight Toronto members ended up on strike before the
deal was reached.
Unifor members at DHL Express deliver and pick up packages across
Canada, including international freight. Negotiations have been
ongoing since May 2013.
DHL is part of the world's leading postal and logistics Group, Deutsche
Post DHL, and encompasses three divisions: DHL Express, DHL Global
Forwarding, Freight and DHL Supply Chain.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, with than
300,000 workers across Canada. Unifor was founded on Labour Day weekend
by the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy
and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).
For further information:
please contact Bob Orr, Assistant to the National President (416) 471-2664 or Unifor National Representatives: Len Poirier (Ontario) (519) 635-0795, Todd Romanow (Alberta) (780) 932-4033, Gavin McGarrigle (British Columbia) (778) 668-6455, Ken Stuart (Manitoba and Saskatchewan) (204) 333-7969, Carla Bryden (Nova Scotia) (902) 818-0923 or Stuart Laidlaw (Unifor Communications) (647) 385-4054.