EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Österreichische Post

Company/Organisation:
Österreichische Post

Geographic Location

Country: Austria

Company

Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
53.1 - Postal activities under universal service obligation
Number Employed: 21000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 30-01-2013
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 30-01-2013
Planned Job Creation: 100

Additional Information

Österreichische Post, the majority state-owned Austrian postal service provider, is to hire 100 additional postmen and -women.

Before this decision, intensive negotiations between the workforce and management had taken place, which culminated in the threat of a strike. The reason was that on February first, the delivery areas were to be extended and the workforce feared even higher pressure and the extension of working hours.

After an agreement between the union leader Köstinger and the Post CEO Pölzl on 29 January 2013, the unions withdrew their threat of strike and the Post offered to hire 100 additional employees to compensate for the increased workload. Changes in delivery areas will be evaluated within two months.

In addition, a new system was introduced in January, which records the postal staffs working time electronically – a move that had resulted in protests.