Monday, April 29, 2013

Freight and Logistics Giant Increases Wages (but not for all)

Deutsche Post DHL Announces Agreed Pay Rises for Those Workers Within Collective Bargaining Agreement
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – The news that Deutsche Post AG is to increase pay by 3.1% on August 1, 2013, followed by a further 2.6% on October 1, 2014 for the approximately 130,000 employees who are covered by a collective-bargaining agreement has met with a mixed reaction from unions. Whilst negotiations conducted with the German services union ver.di (Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft or United Services union) was greeted as a reasonable result there are still concerns over the labour situation for many staff employed beyond the home country’s borders.

Under the new agreement minimum pay will rise by a gross total of €2,200 per employee during the life of the collective-bargaining agreement. Apprentices will receive a 6.1 percent increase retroactive to April 1, 2013, throughout the term of the agreement which will run from April 1, 2013, to May 31, 2015. For active German civil servants at Deutsche Post, a one-time payment of €200 will be made on both July 1, 2013, and April 1, 2014. In addition, the so-called postal allowance paid to civil servants will be adjusted effective October 1, 2013, and brought up to the same level as that received by other civil servants.

This change will result in an average monthly increase in the allowance to €110. In addition, civil servants in lower income groups will receive an additional payment of €125 a year beginning on October 1, 2013. Angela Titzrath, the Board Member for Human Resources and Labour Director at Deutsche Post DHL commented:

"This agreement will exacerbate our structural problems in a shrinking mail market. At the least, we were able to gain planning certainty and clarity about wage costs for more than two years."

The news was not greeted so enthusiastically by others concerned with terms of employment within the group and Ingo Marowsky, International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) global head – supply chain and logistics, told the Handy Shipping Guide:

"This is good news for the 130,000 who in DHL's words 'are covered by a collective bargaining agreement'. They deserve a raise and we congratulate them and their union ver.di. We look forward to the day when the other 345,000 DP-DHL workers, who also deserve a raise and full union recognition, get similar good news."