Two Hermes couriers ‘hounded back to work after their son died’
The shocking claim was just one of a raft of complaints by employees at the UK delivery giant, who are allegedly “treated like dirt
“ByDavid HughesRachel Bishop
- 19:55, 28 JUL 2016
- Updated23:00, 28 JUL 2016
Two Hermes couriers claim they were “hounded” back to work as they sat at the hospital bedside of their dying six-year-old son.
The shocking claim is one of a number of complaints made by current and former staff, which have been revealed in a letter from chairman of the Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, Frank Field .
The courier’s said their boy was taken to hospital for an emergency leg amputation and placed on life support, but they were told that “if they did not return to work immediately, they would have their rounds taken off them,” Mr Field said.
The child subsequently died “yet still they were being hounded to return to work, or face losing their delivery rounds”, Mr Field said.
While Hermes has said it “absolutely appalled” at the allegation, there are a number of others that have been laid at their door.
It said it was unaware of the claim until Wednesday morning and it is being investigated, with “decisive action” to be taken if it proves true.
Couriers at the UK delivery giant claimed they have been “treated like dirt” and faced losing work for attending hospital appointments.