|Global action day in support of sacked DHL unionist in Norway|
| [30.09.2011, 06:13pm, Fri. GMT]|
|Transport, post and logistics unionists around the world will be taking a stand on behalf of a DHL worker and unionist in Norway who was sacked earlier this year. On 10 October, the activists will be participating in an action day in support of Monica Okpe, a DHL supply chain worker in Oslo who was dismissed on 6 May. |
Okpe was a shop steward and branch secretary of the ITF-affiliated Oslo Transport Workers’ Union; it is believed that her dismissal was related to the fact that she was an effective trade union representative.
The action day, which is being organised by the Norwegian Transport Workers’ Union, ties in with the ITF’s international road transport action week, which takes place from 7-14 October, and the World Day for Decent Work on 7 October. The campaign is also being organised in conjunction with other global union federations through the International Trade Union Confederation.
Unions will be organising a range of activities – including a rally in Oslo on 10 September – to mark the day and to highlight the injustice suffered by workers like Monica Okpe at the hands of the anti-union global delivery firm. The ITF and UNI want to see a global framework agreement put in place to end the abuse of workers’ rights across the world.
First vice-president of the Norwegian Transport Workers’ Union Lars Johnsen said: “Experience of the ITF and UNI shows that DHL is one of the worst employers [...]. A common global action day can show the global resistance against DHL's anti-union activities, and be unifying for the professional international movement.”
“We believe an action day can highlight DHL's attack on trade union representatives and union rights, while providing employees with inspiration to take up the fight against an intolerable system.”