Definitive agreement on new PostNL social plan

2 December 2015 – PostNL and trade unions FNV Publiek Belang, Bond van Post Personeel, CNV Publieke Diensten and VHP2 have reached a definitive agreement on a new social plan after the plan was approved by the union members. This plan records the agreements that apply to reorganisations at PostNL. The social plan applies to all employees that fall under the PostNL CLA. The plan will go into effect on 1 January 2016 and will remain in effect until 31 December 2020.

Herna Verhagen, PostNL CEO: “The social plan will have a duration of five years. Together with the trade unions, we have chosen for a custom-tailored approach, in which employees can make choices that suit their own individual situations.” 

The most important agreements are:

Coaching by Mobility

In order to have a good chance of finding another job, PostNL employees can utilise the coaching provided by Mobility, the employment mobility programme offered by PostNL, if they so desire. Employees who become redundant can choose for intensive coaching from one job to another. 

Phased model

PostNL and the trade unions have agreed to a phased model that offers employees a range of choices. Employees who decide to resign quickly will receive a higher compensation amount, which can equal up to five months’ extra income compared to employees who resign later. Employees who are made redundant, will receive at least the legally required transition compensation.

Pension menu

A ‘menu’ has been compiled for employees who are eligible for a pension (aged 60+), which offers them extra options for early retirement. Management will determine when these options will be made available to a particular group of employees, and for how long.