The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and UNI global union have called on Deutsche Post DHL to clean up its act after a German TV report exposed the firm for the treatment of its international workforce.
The multinational logistics giant’s behavior was questioned on Tuesday night by German national broadcaster ARD TV Das Erste’s respected Report programme, which highlighted the long running struggle for union rights in the company.
The programme dealt with serious allegations that Deutsche Post DHL is violating the rights of its workers outside Germany. Turkey, where it is alleged that DHL may be actually breaking national law, was particularly mentioned.
Ingo Marowsky, ITF global head – supply chain and logistics, commented: “This programme was another nail in the coffin of DHL’s pretence that all is well with its operations in Turkey, where we have repeatedly proved to them that workers are suffering for choosing to join a trade union.”
Alan Tate, UNI campaigns director, said: “DHL’s repeated excuses have worn paper thin. It simply cannot go on denying the truth. The fact is that some of its operations worldwide have and are committing grave abuses of workers’ rights. That is why we are taking our complaints right to the OECD and the German government.”
When asked for a comment by Logistics Middle East magazine, DHL released the following statement: "DHL is aware that the Turkish Labor court has found in favour of the employee at this stage in the legal process. Please understand that we cannot make any further comment at this point in time as we do not have details of the decision yet. As soon as we have the court decision, we will check it in detail in order to decide in due time if we will lodge an appeal.
"We are still convinced that the dismissals in Turkey were all related to either violation of contractual obligations or issues of misconduct of the employees. At the same time, we have always emphasised that - if national courts come to a different final conclusion - we will respect it.”
The report, with English subtitles, can be viewed below.