Delivery service Yodel sacks disabled worker after 19 years of service on capability grounds

Yodel, the UK parcel courier and delivery service, has reportedly sacked a disabled worker who had been at the company for 19 years on capability grounds.

Tony White, 56, who has several conditions including a spinal issue, was told by Yodel he could have a different role upon his return from sickness. Mr White, who worked for almost two decades sorting parcels in the town of Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, has a contract that gives him rights on sickness and duty of care.

However, the promised job never materialised and Mr White has now been relieved of his duties.

Steve Garelick, Organiser at trade union GMB, commented on the dismissal: “This callous act shows that management do not care about agreements or contracts. A man with a disability appears to have been kicked aside. This is a new low for Yodel. GMB will now take this matter to tribunal to fight for our member’s rights.”

A Yodel spokesperson commented: “It is sad that a long-standing colleague is no longer employed by Yodel despite our best efforts. The GMBs summary is disappointing and we do not believe it to be accurate. We have followed our agreed processes but will of course continue to review in line with any legal requirements.”