In their letter, the unions recognise that TNT Post is forced to start making considerable cost savings. The proposals made by the unions for reducing the number of compulsory redundancies have been evaluated by TNT Post. TNT Post is prepared to meet the unions on important points in order to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies of 4500. The exact result will depend on consultations with the works council which are already underway. During these consultations, details of the reorganisation plans are being discussed. The works council has the right to be consulted on these matters.
TNT Post expects to be able to round off the talks with the works council in the near future and is prepared to amend elements of its plans so as to lower the number of compulsory redundancies. However, these measures will not be able to avert compulsory redundancies altogether.
During consultations, TNT Post emphasised that, given the scale and impact of the reorganisation, it will exercise the greatest care in consulting with the works council. This does not affect the fact that the chosen path is fixed and that the implementation of changes is unavoidable, however painful this may be for the large group of employees who have loyally served the company for many years and who are still actively delivering mail to the right address every day.
The changes to the Postal Act and in the mail market did not arrive overnight. TNT Post has been consulting with the works council and the unions for many years regarding the changes in the mail market and the consequences of these changes for its employees. Given the increasing reduction in volumes and the unrelenting pressure on prices as a result of substitution and competition, TNT Post believes that we now must stride ahead.
TNT Post’s aim is to clarify matters for all of our employees this month and to do so in consultation with both the unions and the works council.
The Master Plan savings already announced totalling € 430 million for the period 2010-2017 remain unchanged.
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TNT provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their mail and express delivery needs. Headquartered in the Netherlands, TNT offers efficient network infrastructures in Europe and Asia and continues to optimise the performance of its networks. TNT serves more than 200 countries and employs some 160,000 people. Over 2009, TNT reported €10.4 billion in revenues and an operating income of €648 million. TNT is publicly listed on the stock exchange of Amsterdam. TNT recognizes its social responsibility, and has formed partnerships with the United Nations World Food Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world. Our efforts are being recognised: in 2010, TNT was again designated the “Supersector Leader” for “Industrial Goods and Services” (including the “Industrial Transportation” sector) in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), More information about TNT can be found on its website http://group.tnt.com.
PostNL is the inventive partner in the world of sending and receiving. We have been so for 200 years already. We are primarily active in the fields of mail, parcels and e-commerce, but we also offer services in the areas of data and document management, direct marketing and fulfilment. Outside the Netherlands, we are active in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Luxemburg. PostNL employs a total of more than 59,000 people. In 2013 our revenues reached € 4.3 billion.
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