After four years of campaigning, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, has achieved recognition for its members for collective bargaining purposes at one of Europe’s largest sorting depots Hub 4 Hinckley in Leicestershire.

Unite said that the company DPD has now agreed that Hub 4 will be part of the national negotiating agreement from 1 July this year. Unite currently has about 80 members at this site, including sorting operatives and LGV drivers.

Unite regional officer Mark Pettifer said: “After four years of dogged campaigning, we have achieved trade union recognition for our members at Hub 4 Hinckley.

“It is a tribute to our organising team in the East Midlands that we have achieved this milestone by extending the existing national agreement to our members at this site.”

Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands Paresh Patel said:“This is a very welcome development as all our research shows that by being a member of a trade union you achieve better pay and employment conditions than if you had to negotiate your own salary and terms as an individual.”

DPD officially opened its £100m parcel sorting hub in Hinckley in 2015 which DPD then described as ‘Europe’s largest and most technically advanced parcel sorting hub’.


Notes to editors:

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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.