EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Netherlands


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
53.2 - Other postal and courier activities

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 01-07-2009
Planned Job Reductions min: 11000
Planned Job Reductions max: 11000
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-07-2009
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2012

Additional Information

TNT, a postal service, has announced that it will scrap 11,000 Dutch jobs by 2012. The announcement came after employees rejected an offer by TNT to guarantee jobs in exchange for lower wages. The company blamed the job losses on increasing competition and a decrease in the amount of paper mail.

The announcement was repeated and made more concrete in July 2010. TNT wants to replace all fulltime mail deliverers by part time personnel. According to TNT, their volume of mail handled has decrerased by 30% since 2000 and by 9% over the past year. Furthermore, they face increasing competition by new entrants on the market.