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New flexible working time models at Österreichische Post AG

Pressemeldung from 07.12.2005

20 post offices with new working time models
New agreement: flexible working hours for large corporate units – the focus is on customer needs and operational processes

Yesterday night - Tuesday, 6 December 2005 - the salary negotiations for 2006 were completed with a 2.75% raise for all employees of Österreichische Post AG. “This is a win-win situation for both negotiation teams. A major contribution towards safeguarding jobs with a view to maintaining universal service networks for letters, parcels and post offices”, says Österreichische Post AG CEO Anton Wais.

The negotiations also led to further agreements designed to keep the enterprise on its modernization course.

Flexible working hours in 20 selected post offices
The Branch Network, with more than 1,3000 locations and a headcount of more than 5,000 a very large division of Österreichische Post AG, will launch "flexitime” pilot operations. New flexible working time models, which take account above all of capacity and seasonal fluctuations, will be tried and tested in 20 selected post offices. What is more, the new models are adaptable to customer structures and general customer demand, allowing staff deployment to be ideally matched to actual requirements. The one-year pilot project will start on 1 May 2006.

“Flexitime” agreement
A major step has also been taken with respect to working hours in the company’s large organizational units, such as Corporate Headquarters and regional centers. Under a unit-specific agreement concluded yesterday, flexitime is scheduled to start in these units on 1 May 2006. This is a move away from rigid working hours towards a maximum of flexibility, with the aim of being able to adjust working hours to customer needs and operational processes.

Following in the wake of the new shift-work models already implemented in the large postal logistics centers and the positive effects achieved there, these two new agreements mean further progress along the way towards flexibilization and modernization. 

“The focus of all our efforts must be the customer and the market. By turning our backs on traditional and often rigid working hours and moving towards flexible working times tailored to meet customer requirements, we are able to provide the flexibility the customer and the market expect from us”, say Anton Wais.

For more information please contact:
Österreichische Post AG
Corporate Communications
Public relations
Michael Homola
Phone: +43 (1) 515 51 – 32010
Vienna, 7 December 2005