Release Date: 26 October 2009
Release ID: 4334
Amsterdam, 26 October 2009 – TNT sees a basis for further discussion in the proposals put forward by research agency Ecorys in its report, with cutbacks in conditions of employment remaining necessary to safeguard jobs. On behalf of the trade unions ABVAKABO FNV, BVPP and CNV Publieke Zaak, Ecorys looked into alternative solutions for the requisite cost savings at TNT Post. The unions commissioned the study after the in-principle agreement on the Operations Collective Labour Agreement was jointly rejected by the union members in late April 2009.
Ecorys subscribes to the view that far-reaching cost reductions, including the loss of jobs at TNT Post, are essential if the company is to remain viable. Ecorys’ conclusion confirms the results of the study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 2007 on behalf of the unions and the Operations Works Council. BCG’s study verified that the cost-saving plans were necessary and realistic.
The proposals for slimming down the employment package in order to protect jobs square with the conclusion of the staff survey carried out jointly by TNT and the Operations Works Council in May 2009. Over 70 percent of the survey’s respondents said they were prepared to forfeit conditions of employment in return for increased job security.
Ecorys also concluded that TNT can keep the company healthy with lower savings but has not substantiated this view. This is an unrealistic assumption in TNT’s opinion. Gérard Aben, Director HR at TNT Post: “Since the unions’ last study two years ago, TNT Post’s volumes have dropped by 8% and, since 2000, TNT Post has been faced with a cumulative volume loss, currently totalling 25%. The problem has therefore continued to grow, making it even more essential to take action on costs.” TNT therefore believes that the previously announced saving targets remain essential if the company is to remain well positioned in the long term. TNT hopes to resume discussions with the unions as soon as possible with the aim of avoiding as many compulsory redundancies as possible.
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