Delivery drivers stage Dundee protest over contract changes

The protest outside the DPD depot in the West Pitkerro Industrial Estate

Trade union GMB has staged a protest at the Dundee office of courier firm DPD over “detrimental” changes to the contracts of self-employed drivers.

The union claims owner-driver franchisees — viewed as self-employed by DPD — are being forced into restrictive contracts and overlong hours.

Calne Waterson, of GMB Scotland, said the action, held yesterday at the firm’s Dundee delivery office, was an unprecedented one for the union to take.

“We’ve never had to fight for people that are self-employed,” he said.

“We just want them to be treated with dignity and respect.”

A spokesman for DPD criticised the GMB’s protest, saying the firm did not recognise the union’s claims.

He added: “Drivers have a choice as to whether to be employed or self-employed owner-drivers.”