Deutsche Post welcomes 'alliance of reason'
Criticism leveled at decision regarding downstream accessBonn, 02/18/2005, 10:30 AM CET
Deutsche Post World Net welcomes the fact that the Bundesrat majority (upper house of German parliament) has rejected the full revocation of the exclusive license ahead of its session on February 18, 2005. The federal states of Hesse and Lower Saxony have virtually admitted that their original initiative was destined for failure by not having submitted a corresponding bill to the Bundesrat. Reason has thus prevailed.
However, the decision of the Bundesrat to permit third party providers (so-called 'consolidators') to collect and pre-sort mail coming under Deutsche Post's exclusive license prior to full mail market liberalization will lead to the loss of highly skilled jobs that will not be substituted by the same number and skill level of new jobs with these providers.
Deutsche Post's delivery staff cannot be expected to deliver competitors' mail in such a manner that they would aid and abet the cutting of thousands of jobs currently held by their co-workers who collect and sort this mail.
This additional decision is not expected to find majority appeal in the Bundestag.
Today, Germany is already a pioneering force in the liberalization of Europe's postal services.
Over the past 15 years Deutsche Post World Net has undergone a difficult, but successful transformation into a privatized corporation, becoming one of the world's best postal companies in the process. During this time, it not only pursued economic objectives but also sought to maintain a socially acceptable balance for the benefit of its workforce.
In the midst of the German debate on jobs the Bundesrat decision is a dangerous and premature step.