PostNL and trade unions reach agreement in principle for PostNL CLA

The Hague, 18 November 2014 – PostNL reached an agreement in principle yesterday for the PostNL CLA with the Abvakabo FNV, BVPP, CNV Publieke Zaak and VHP2 trade unions. In addition to pay rises in 2015 and the increase in personal contributions to the pension scheme there are also agreements regarding adapting the scheme to new tax legislation.

Pay rise

Employees will receive three pay rises in 2015. There will be a 1 percent pay rise on 1 January 2015 and a 0.7 percent pay rise on 1 September 2015. Finally, there will be another 0.7 percent pay rise on 1 December 2015.

Agreements regarding pensions

  • The accrual percentage for old-age pensions is being reduced to the new statutory maximum of 1.875 percent. This statutory reduction is a consequence of the fact that the retirement age has now been increased to 67 years. This gives employees more time to accrue a pension.
  • PostNL is increasing the survivors’ pension from 60 percent to 63 percent of the old-age pension. This is largely being financed from the repeal of the so-called Surviving Dependents Act insurance (Anw-hiaatverzekering). 
  • Personal contributions to the pension scheme will increase in two steps from 4 to 6 percent on the basis of a previous declaration of intent. This means a 1 percent increase on 1 September 2015 with the second 1 percent increase taking place on 1 December 2015. In connection with this, the agreement was made that personal contributions will not increase further up to 2017.

Herna Verhagen, PostNL CEO, explains: “This agreement in principle forms a good balance between the wishes of the trade unions, adaptations required as a result of the new taxation pension legislation which comes into force on 1 January 2015 and the requirement to control our costs. The agreements made involve limited cost increases and will contribute to a healthy and sound future for PostNL.


The new CLA will remain in effect from 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2015. This CLA applies to almost all staff in Parcels, Production, Commerce and the head office. Mail deliverers and Saturday deliverers have their own employment benefits.
The trade unions will submit this agreement in principle to their members for approval. The outcome is expected to be known around mid-December.