TNT respects, but regrets in-principle agreement rejection

Hoofddorp - TNT has taken note of the trade union members’ rejection of the in-principle agreement on a new three-year collective agreement for TNT Post operations staff in the Netherlands. In the in-principle agreement, to compensate for the decrease in pay, the parties had agreed transitional measures and a job guarantee spanning six years, the first three unconditional. The rejection of the agreement means that the proposed measures from the in-principle agreement no longer apply. New consultations on the social plan will now be required.

As the result of the use of e-mail, and now with the opening of the postal market from 1 April, the volumes of mail handled by TNT Post are dropping faster than ever before – by 5 to 6 percent per year. The result is an ongoing decline in work for TNT Post operations staff. What’s more, the company’s competitors offer their staff a much more sober employment package. This means that over the coming period TNT will have to continue making preparations for the restructuring plans required to achieve the necessary savings. These plans will involve making a number of changes, including reducing the number of days on which business mail is delivered, a move that is in line with the wishes of the customer. In compliance with its obligations under the Postal Act, TNT Post will continue to deliver consumer mail six days a week.
 
TNT is maintaining its target of annual savings of EUR 395 million until the end of 2015 – savings that are required to compensate for the mail volume decline. Should the restructuring plans be carried out, the loss of jobs for 11,000 employees over a period of one to three years can be expected. Under these circumstances forced redundancies will be unavoidable. TNT remains receptive to further talks with the unions on serious alternatives that can make a substantial contribution to achieving the savings target.
 
In the event of any conflict or discrepancy between this press release and the original Dutch version of this press release, the Dutch version prevails.