EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Location of affected unit(s): Berlin, Leipzig, Bochum


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
46.17 - Agents involved in the sale of food, beverages and tobacco
Group: Oetker

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 16-02-2021
Planned Job Reductions min: 1000
Planned Job Reductions max: 1000
Type of Restructuring: Merger/Acquisition
Employment Effect Start: 01-04-2021
Foreseen End Date: 30-06-2021
Direct Dismissals: 1000

Additional Information

Beverage deliverer Durstexpress plans to cut around 1,000 job in the first half of 2021. Durstexpress is an affiliate of the Oetker group. After the Oetker group bought the delivery service Flaschenpost in autumn 2020, it continued to merge both companies. Due to the merger, around 1,000 jobs are made redundant as three storehouses (in Berlin, Leipzig and Bremen) will be closed. Dismissals had to be postponed by one month in Berlin and Leipzig after the local employment agencies denied speedy redundancies. Dismissed employees are invited to apply for a new job at Flaschenpost. The sectoral union NGG fears that the consequence will be lower pay and worse working conditions. The management denies such a strategy,