- Postal market liberalisation routinely leads to
unemployment, attacks on working conditions and poorer service for
customers, says a study released today by UNI Global Union.
UNI is urging the European Union to immediately put a moratorium
on the implementation of the 3rd postal directive and start a proper
debate on the issue. Competition is not delivering for customers; it
is only creating social dumping and unemployment.
The global study, carried out in 13 countries shows that full
liberalisation of the postal market does not work.
"What we have been seeing in Germany and the Netherlands
recently-- postal companies demanding lower wages and announcing big
job cuts-- is the inevitable disastrous conclusion of a failed
liberalisation policy, said Neil Anderson, Head of UNI Post &
Logistics, "Our research shows the economic crisis is a catalyst for
liberalisation and for social dumping that companies like TNT and
Deutsche Post are proposing."
The study examines the effects of liberalisation on workers and
the union response.
UNI found that the economic theory backing up liberalisation
doesn't hold up in the postal sector. There is little competition in
the liberalised postal markets, with new entrants obtaining from 0.1%
to 10% of market share. Furthermore, there are very few competitors
to the incumbent, in most cases between one and four.
The study shows the tremendous job losses caused by
liberalisation, deterioration of working conditions in competing
postal operators, increasing precarious working conditions through
the increase in atypical work, cuts in wages and wage dumping.
You can find the full study at
UNI Post & Logistics is the global union for the postal and
logistics industry, representing 157 unions and 2.5 million workers
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