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Report exposes DHL's abuse of workers 04 March 2016

Report exposes serious abuses and failings

Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, has raised concerns about DHL after a new report found the Company guilty of breaking its own, and international, rules on the way its workers are treated.

The independent investigation (www.breaking-the-code.org), carried out in Chile, Colombia and Panama, exposes serious abuses and failings in the way the Company behaves. It follows similar findings in previous research carried out at DHL sites in India and Turkey.

According to Unifor, the actions of DHL demonstrate an ongoing and organised effort to curtail worker's rights.

The report was released as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) process between DHL and the global unions comes to an end. In 2013, the OECD accepted a complaint by the ITF and UNI Global Union about Deutsche Post-DHL's conduct after previous investigations. This led to two years of talks that concluded in December.

According to the ITF these talks have failed to improve conditions for DHL workers.

The report includes the story of a worker who sustained chronic injuries due to poor training, the case of 42 workers who were terminated for union activity, evidence of DHL faking a customer complaint letter to fire the son of a union official, claims that DHL monitors employees' conversations and evidence that DHL intercepts union members' phone calls.