Workers at Germany’s postal and logistics giant Deutsche Post have launched a new round of strike action, according to the German labor union Verdi, continuing this year’s wave of industrial action.
Workers across most German states are taking part in the walkout. Verdi is expecting “significant disruption,” Uwe Speckenwirth, Verdi department head for postal services, told German media, adding that many consumers will be missing their letters and parcels.
The main bone of contention between Verdi and Deutsche Post’s management is the company’s plan to create thousands more staff positions in separate entities that would pay less than the wages agreed by current collective bargaining agreements.
Source: Deutsche Post hit by another round of strikes | JOC.com
FRANKFURT–German labor union Verdi called for fresh strikes next week at Deutsche Post AG after talks with the postal services company over a collective wage agreement fell through on Saturday.
Deutsche Post said the union made a further demand for a 5.5% increase in salaries for the company’s about 130,000 pay-scale employees in addition to its previous proposal to reduce work hours to 36 per week from 38.5 per week.
“Verdi’s demands for a reduction in weekly working hours with full wage adjustment, whilst further calling for an increase in collectively agreed salaries, are divorced from reality,” Deutsche Post board member Melanie Kreis said, adding that if agreed to the demands of the union, the company’s labor costs would increase by an additional EUR600 million.
The union said it will announce the timing of the strike soon after the two-day negotiations with Deutsche Post–its fourth round in recent months–ended inconclusive.
Source: German union calls for new strike at Deutsche Post – MarketWatch
According to Reuters, Deutsche Post will expand its package delivery service using lower paid employees. The company says that the wages it pays its existing postal workers are too high to be economically viable in the competitive parcel business:
The company plans to create 10,000 new jobs at the parcel business by 2020, a figure which could rise to around 20,000 by 2025, it said on Thursday.
The additional jobs will offer pay based on collective wage agreements for the logistics sector, rather than Deutsche Post’s more generous in-house agreement, putting the company on collision course with workers’ representatives.
via UPDATE 1-Deutsche Post to create thousands of jobs on lower pay | Reuters.
(Reuters) – German postal and logistics group Deutsche Post will consider raising the cost next year of sending a standard letter in its home market, Rheinische Post reported on Saturday, citing executive board member Juergen Gerdes.
Bonn-based Deutsche Post is legally entitled to increase postage of currently 0.60 euros ($0.82) per letter by slightly less than the rate of inflation, though it needs to seek approval for price hikes from Germany’s Federal Network Agency.
Read more: Deutsche Post mulls stamp price rise next year -report | Reuters.
Deutsche Post DHL is now offering German households the chance to have their own individual parcel boxes installed, to receive parcels when they are out.
The German national postal operator has described it as the “greatest development” in the mail industry since the humble mailbox came along.
Read more: DHL hails household parcel boxes “greatest development” since mailbox « Post & Parcel.