DHL has launched a consultation on the future of its DHL Freight division involving the restructuring of the business and the closure of unprofitable operations.

The DHL Freight business employs about 600 people across 16 sites.

A spokesperson from DHL said: “Following a strategic review of its UK Operations, DHL Freight UK has identified some business proposals and has now entered into a period of consultation with its affected workforce. The proposals would involve restructuring the UK business which currently employs approx. 600 staff across 16 sites in the UK – affected staff were informed about the proposals on the 8th December 2016.”

The GMB union believes that up to 520 jobs could be at risk at the company. It said that DHL has already closed its Cardiff and Hemel Hempstead sites, resulting in almost 100 job losses. Other depots affected include: Aberdeen, Bellshill, Newcastle, Warrington, Wakefield, Coalville, Norwich, Andover, Bristol, and Exeter.

Other DHL branches, including DHL Supply Chain, DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Express will not be impacted negatively by the proposals.

The DHL Spokesperson said: “We aim to meet our customer’s needs both today and in the future. We will do our utmost to mitigate any impact on our existing customers should these proposals or alternative solutions be implemented following consultation.”

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