Consolidation places thousands of jobs at risk
- Liberalization too early
- Additional threat to the nationwide provision of all postal services
Following the conclusion of the first downstream-access agreements with "consolidators", Deutsche Post once again warns that such agreements pose an enormous risk for thousands of jobs that are fully subject to social security. The new, high-quality jobs that these competitors say will be created as a result of the early opening of the letter mail market in Germany will not materialize. Instead, the "mini-jobs" (part-time employment with gross wages of no more than EUR 400 a month) created by competitors will inevitably be at the expense of high-quality jobs at Deutsche Post.
Deutsche Post also warns against additional risks arising from a one-sided liberalization that contradicts the spirit of the Postal Act. It has filed an appeal with the Düsseldorf Intermediate Court of Appeals against a decision taken by the Federal Cartel Office. Should the Düsseldorf court reverse the Federal Cartel Office's decision or should the central question of law be settled in Deutsche Post's favor by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, Deutsche Post will reclaim the discounts that consolidators have wrongly demanded of it. Moreover, the German government is of the same opinion as Deutsche Post and has also taken legal action against a parallel decision by the European Commission.
Deutsche Post categorically refuses to accept a premature undermining of its exclusive license, the duration and scope of which have been explicitly defined by the German legislature. The revenues generated under this license are needed to ensure the nationwide availability of all postal services.