PostNL and trade unions reach agreement in principle for CLA mail deliverers

The Hague, 12 March 2018 – PostNL and trade unions Bond van Post Personeel, FNV Publiek Belang and CNV Publieke Diensten have reached an agreement in principle regarding a new collective labour agreement (CLA) for the 18,500 mail deliverers of PostNL.

The agreement includes pay increases in five steps during the of duration of the CLA, 5 percent in total. It also includes a one-time bonus and the adjustment of the pension scheme to the tax requirements. During the next coming weeks the trade unions will submit this agreement in principle positively to their members.

Duration and pay rise

The CLA is valid for two years: from 1 October 2017 until 30 September 2019. Salaries of mail deliverers in the first, second and third pay tiers will be increased in five steps of 1 percent, totalling 5 percent. The increases will be applied at 1 October 2017, 1 January 2018, 1 July 2018, 1 January 2019 and 1 September 2019. Next to that a one-time bonus will be paid in July 2019.


On 1 January 2018, the standard retirement age by law increased from 67 years to 68 years. The pension scheme will be adjusted accordingly. It remains possible for mail deliverers to retire earlier in accordance with the pension regulations. The pension contribution will be unchanged, which is in favor of the mail deliverers.

Resi Becker, Director of PostNL Mail in the Netherlands, explains: “Our mail deliverers make sure we have satisfied customers every day. I really appreciate that. Mail in the Netherlands will be continuously developing the next years and our people are pivotal in that. With this agreement in principle we express how important our mail deliverers are and will remain in the future.“

Member council meetings

The trade unions will submit this agreement in principle positively to the their members during the next coming weeks. The results of the member council meetings are expected 6 April 2018 at latest. The CLA for mail deliverers is applicable for the 18,500 mail deliverers of PostNL.