PostNL: measures to limit impact of union action
Jeroen Veldstra, head of PostNLs CLA negotiations team, says: “It goes without saying that we recognise the right of a union to organise strikes. However, to strike during peak season could lead to disproportionate damage and risks. By choosing this moment to try to organise a strike, FNV attacks the interests of consumers, customers and PostNL employees, who it claims to represent. Therefore, PostNL has filed a petition at the court in The Hague for an injunction to prevent union action from disturbing essential services.
In December 2018 The Hague court ruled in favor of PostNL in comparable circumstances. At the time, the court stopped FNV to strike at PostNL for more than 15 minutes per day during the December holidays. This judgement prevented actions to disrupt mail and parcel delivery during peak season.
We are PostNL, the mail and logistics solutions provider for all. With our mail and parcel deliverers who get everywhere, our over 4,800 PostNL locations and 11,000 postboxes, we are always nearby. We aim to be our customers’ favourite deliverer by making it as easy as possible for them to send and receive parcels and letters. Our over 37,000 people are right at the heart of society. On weekdays, we deliver an average 1.2 million parcels and 8 million letters across the Benelux region. Our focus is on quality for our customers, creating opportunities for our people and adding value for our stakeholders through growth, digitalisation and sustainability initiatives. We optimise and support our physical networks by using smart digital solutions and launching new propositions that create value for our customers. We build long-lasting working relationships by acting as a good employer and client for everyone who works for and with us. To make our deliveries as sustainable as possible, we cover a lot of kilometres on foot or by bicycle or e-bike, provide innovative city logistics, use cleaner fuels, and use electric vans and light electric trucks. PostNL NV is a listed company with revenues of €3.5 billion in 2021, 61% of this derived from e-commerce. We provide deliveries of mail and parcels, logistics solutions for e-commerce, and cross-border solutions.