Wage talks tabled again
- Recent ver.di proposal exacerbates structural problem of substantial wage gap compared with competitors
- Chief negotiator Melanie Kreis: "The ver.di proposal is spurious and does not solve a single one of our problems."
On-going wage negotiations between Deutsche Post and the ver.di trade union were tabled once again today. On May 9, Deutsche Post had submitted an offer that would reduce weekly working times by around one hour with no loss of pay and provide extensive protection against unfair dismissal and rationalization until the end of 2018. The offer has been rejected by ver.di to date without any specific rationale. Today, at the end of the sixth round of negotiations, the trade union has for the first time submitted its own proposal.
"The proposal from ver.di is spurious unfortunately and does not solve a single one of our problems," said Melanie Kreis, Board Member for Personnel and Labor Director at Deutsche Post DHL Group. "We have a structural problem because our wages are twice as high as those of our competitors. What is critical for us is that we make a noticeable contribution to securing the future of our employees and the company with any agreement we seek. An initial review of the ver.di proposal shows no evidence of that."
For quite some time, the company has alluded to a need for substantial investments to secure its own market position in the face of the parcel market's rapid growth. At the same time, the wages currently paid by Deutsche Post to its employees are twice as high as those paid by many competitors. For that reason, competitive pay for future employees would be necessary for the company to remain viable going forward.