PostNL and trade unions conclude agreement on new social plan
Internal transfer is the focus
The Hague, 31 August 2021 - PostNL and the trade unions FNV, Bond van Post Personeel (BVPP) and CNV have reached an agreement on a new social plan with the consent of their members. The social plan will take effect on 1 September 2021 and will end on 31 August 2024. The plan applies to all employees covered by the PostNL collective labour agreement and contains the agreements that will apply in the event of a reorganisation at PostNL.
Herna Verhagen, CEO of PostNL: ‘I am happy that the members of the trade unions have agreed to the plan and that we have reached an agreement with all parties involved. PostNL continues to adapt to all the developments in the postal and parcel market. Digitalisation is playing an increasingly important role in this respect. That is why we continue to adapt and innovate PostNL. The social plan is primarily aimed at encouraging our colleagues, many of whom have been with us for years, to keep developing themselves. This creates opportunities and more security in times of change.’
From job to job
An important part of the social plan is the transfer bonus. This bonus is intended to encourage colleagues to continue their development and, for example, to switch to another job within one of PostNL’s growing divisions. Employees who qualify for this can receive a bonus of up to €3,500. To maintain their chances in the labour market, PostNL employees can also use the counselling provided by Mobility, PostNL’s mobility programme. They will then receive very intensive job-to-job counselling. New is the training budget of a maximum of €2,500.
Senior staff scheme
It has also been agreed that employees can make use of a voluntary senior staff scheme. This scheme allows an employee to retire early if they reach state pension age within five years and have been employed by PostNL for at least 25 years.
We are PostNL, here for everyone, bringing it all together for 225 years. With an extensive network of nearly 5,800 PostNL points, 11,000 letterboxes, and over 900 automated, also open to various carriers, along with millions of users of the PostNL app, we're always close by. We aim to be everyone's favourite deliverer by making it as easy as possible to send and receive parcels and mail. With nearly 34,000 colleagues working with us, we are part of society. We offer a range of services, including mail and parcel delivery, logistic e-commerce solutions, and cross-border solutions. On an average weekday in the Benelux, we deliver 1.1 million parcels and 6.9 million letters. We are commitment to customer satisfaction, providing opportunities for our employees, and generating value for our stakeholders through growth, digitalisation, and sustainability.
We optimise and support our physical networks through the use of smart digital solutions and introduce new propositions that add value for our customers. And aim for sustainable employment relationships by being a good employer to all people working with and for us. We focus on sustainability, making many journeys on foot and by bicycle, increasingly using cleaner fuels and electric vehicles, and offering innovative city logistics. PostNL N.V. is a publicly traded company with a turnover of €3.2 billion in 2023, 62% of which e-commerce related.