South Africa: Union accuses DHL of suspending manager because of union membership & intimidating workers who attempt to join unions

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Company response
18 May 2011

Response by DHL (part of Deutsche Post): Union accuses DHL of intimidating workers who attempt to join unions, & of suspending manager because of union membership.

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Company response
17 May 2011

Deutsche Post DHL response and rejoinders from UNI Global Union & International Transport Workers' Federation

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Deutsche Post DHL response to the original article, Anti-union “purge” at DHL in South Africa, rejoinders from UNI Global Union & International Transport Workers’ Federation and Deutsche Post DHL’s further response to these rejoinders]

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Article
6 May 2011

Anti-union "purge" at DHL in South Africa

Author: International Transport Workers Federation

[W]orkers…at DHL in South Africa are being subjected to intimidation for attempting to join a union…the harassment began when a manager was suspended for belonging to the ITF-affiliated South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu). The union has also raised concerns that DHL management in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa have implemented a local policy of dismissing junior human resources staff and other managers once they express a wish to join the union. Satawu has said that the company’s actions were effectively an anti-union “purge”.

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