Little progress on postal delivery plan

TNT Post does not support the setting up of a special fund to finance improved working conditions for postal delivery staff, director Pieter Kunz told MPs on Tuesday.

The suggestion came from Ruud Vreeman who was charged by parliament with ending the dispute between the former state monopoly and budget firms.
The fund would allow new players like Sandd to formally employ more workers. Most staff are currently on freelance contracts with few rights.
Job losses
But Vreeman said TNT Post should also contribute to the fund because it plans to cut its workforce by 11,000.
Kunz told the MPs’ hearing TNT had no role to play in the fund ‘because we have normal contracts’.
Vreeman also said the new players should have reached a deal with the unions on employing 80% of staff on traditional employment contracts by 2014.


Sandd wants to delay this deadline until the government has decided whether it may take over competitor SelektMail. Director Gert-Jan Morsink told MPs this will reduce the pressure on prices and free up money to spend on working conditions.
MPs will discuss progress with Henk Bleker, the minister responsible, on Thursday.

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