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Issue #1505      15 June 2011

Call for solidarity for dismissed DHL worker in Norway

Unions affiliated to the International Transporters Workers Federation (ITF) are being urged to stand by a DHL worker in Norway who has been dismissed by local managers.

Monica Nkechi Okpe, a shop steward and branch secretary of the ITF-affiliated Oslo Transport Workers’ Union at the global delivery company’s supply chain in Norway was dismissed from her position on May 6. The company has stated that she was sacked because of “unexplained absences”. However, the union refutes these claims; it believes that the reasons for the dismissal were manufactured by local management as part of efforts to dispose of an effective trade union representative.

The ITF understands that the case is currently being investigated and could be taken to court in Norway.

In protest letters to the company in Norway as well as to regional, European and head office representatives, the ITF and its campaign partner UNI global union, said: “The ITF and UNI are extremely concerned at this reported activity of the DHL management in Ulven and we would seek your urgent investigation of this situation to ensure that Monica is reinstated immediately.

“Sadly this is not the first time we have had to write to DHL management about firing trade union activists, therefore in the meantime, we see it as our duty to inform our international community and will do so.”

The ITF and UNI are calling on unions to send protest letters to the company and messages of solidarity to the union. For more information visit: www.itfglobal.org  

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