05/09/2015, 01:50 PM CEST

Deutsche Post offers ver.di an extension to the protection against dismissal pact until the end of 2018, as well as a one-hour reduction in weekly working hours with no loss of pay

During the fourth round of the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations, Deutsche Post proposed an offer for the approx. 130,000 pay-scale employees.

During the fourth round of the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations with the trade union ver.di, Deutsche Post proposed an offer for the approx. 130,000 pay-scale employees at Deutsche Post AG.

  • Offer of extension to protection against dismissal pact until the end of 2018
  • The full package equates on average of an one-hour reduction in weekly working hours with no loss of pay
  • Reintroduction of the release from work on December 24 and 31, as well as longer paid breaks
  • Time allowances to be granted for additional shifts

Bonn - During the fourth round of the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations with the trade union ver.di, Deutsche Post proposed an offer for the approx. 130,000 pay-scale employees at Deutsche Post AG which includes the following:

  • A further three-year extension to existing protection against operationally motivated termination of employment and dismissal for variation of contract until 31 December, 2018.
  • Leave of absence on 24 and 31 December is to be reinstated, following its withdrawal in 2003.
  • Employees will be granted longer paid breaks during working hours.
  • A time allowance is to be granted for the acceptance of additional shifts.

"With these measures, Deutsche Post is offering its pay-scale employees long-term job security. At the same time, employees will gain an appreciable reduction in working hours without any financial disadvantage in terms of salary. In making this offer, we are going to the very limit of what is possible given the competitive disadvantage we are currently facing in terms of labor costs. In the interests of our employees, we are now calling upon the social partner to consider this offer in a constructive manner," explained Melanie Kreis , Board Member for Human Resources and Labor Director at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

The full package on offer translates on average to a one-hour reduction in weekly working hours with no reduction in salary. During the current collective bargaining negotiations, the trade union ver.di had called for a reduction in weekly working hours from 38.5 to 36 hours with no loss of pay.