DHL reaches agreement with ver.di to end labour dispute

Deutsche Post DHL has announced that, following intensive negotiations, an agreement has been made between Deutsche Post AG and the trade union ver.di that will end industrial action. “This is a good day for Deutsche Post, its customers and its employees,” said Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO, Frank Appel.

“We have been able to agree upon a comprehensive package that will offer both security and new prospects to our employees, whilst simultaneously facilitating growth,” said Melanie Kreis, Board Member for Human Resources and Labour Director at Deutsche Post DHL Group. “Both sides made substantial efforts to find the middle ground, and have ultimately arrived at a positive compromise.”

“What has been a tough and lengthy dispute is now over. I would call on all Deutsche Post colleagues to pull together and prove to our customers that we are not only still a powerful team – but also the postal service for Germany,” stressed Jürgen Gerdes, Board Member for Post – eCommerce – Parcel.

Employee protection against compulsory redundancies valid until December 31, 2015, will be extended by a further four years to December 31, 2019. Assurances have also been given that mail and joint delivery will remain with Deutsche Post AG until December 31, 2018.

Discussion on the DHL Delivery companies is now also at an end. They are and shall remain part of the Post – eCommerce – Parcel division – and represent a platform and growth driver for Germany’s e-commerce business.

Unnder the agreement the 7,600 parcel delivery agents are assured the continuance of their positions within Deutsche Post AG. What’s more Deutsche Post AG’s 140,000 employees will receive a one-off payment of €400 this year, with pro rata payments for part-time employees. On October 1, 2016, salaries will be increased by 2.0%, and by a further 1.7% on October 1, 2017. The agreement has a term of 32 months and shall remain in force until January 31, 2018. Weekly working hours remain unchanged at 38.5 hours.