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Österreichische Post AG:Set of measures to ensure socially compatible staff reduction

Pressemeldung from 22.06.2001

Management Board and Works Council Committee agree on innovative model for the Logistics and Distribution divisions

On Thursday, the 21st of June 2001, the Management Board and the Works Council Committee of Österreichische Post AG signed an agreement designed to ensure a socially compatible reduction of staff numbers. At present, this agreement applies only to staff working in the distribution centers (Logistics division) and in the delivery service (Distribution division) in Styria and those working in Logistics in Upper Austria and Salzburg.

The model in its present form is unique in Austria and throughout all other European postal services and might set an example for all of Austria.

Modernization and automation in Österreichische Post AG's Logistics and Distribution have made it necessary to reduce the current headcount in these divisions. With full consideration of social factors, those members of staff who are bound to lose their present workplaces will first of all be retrained for jobs in other divisions of the enterprise. Staff for whom no position can be found within the enterprise will then be placed with the "Gemeinnützige Logistik, Zustell- und Dienstleistungs-GmbH" (GLZD, non-profit logistics, distribution and services company) which is going to be founded. Apart from further qualification measures, GLZD will also offer concrete jobs adapted to the region in question. The main task of GLZD will be internal manpower leasing.

Entry into this new subsidiary of Österreichische Post AG will be on a voluntary basis. The model is a particularly cost saving one. An early retirement scheme, in comparison, would have cost about three times as much.

The set of measures includes other options for the staff concerned, such as

  • "golden handshake" upon voluntary termination of employment,
  • switchover to part-time jobs with pro-rated salaries,
  • mobility bonuses for transfer to other workplaces, and even
  • creation of a work foundation

Contact for further information:

Österreichische Post AG
Company Communication
Press service
Mr. Michael Homola
Tel.: +43 (1) 515 51 - 5217