Signature of the POST Telecom Collective Labour Agreement (CLA)

After three years of negotiations, a new Collective Labour Agreement was signed on Wednesday 7 November 2018 for POST Telecom SA employees. The stated goal was to bring the existing CLA into line with that of POST Luxembourg’s employees, without any losses for staff.

The Negotiating Delegation, led by ALEBA – occupying a majority within the Delegation and supported by LCGB and OGBL – had to go through a temporary signature process in late 2016 in order to finalise the document signed on Wednesday 7 November 2018.

Jim Schneider and Roland Christnach assisted Daniel Wark, Patrick Reisdorff and Cédric Steuer (chair, vice-chair and secretary of the Delegation) throughout the discussions and process. The progress of negotiations was not helped by the fact that there was a succession of three different management spokespeople involved.

The most critical point in the process was incorporating employees into the new pay grid. Employee representatives helped to categorise all company tasks. It was then only possible to negotiate the rules for transition between the current and future remuneration policies.

The overall result is more than positive. We were able to maintain acquired benefits, avoid financial losses following the removal of existing variable components, secure an improvement in remuneration for a certain number of employees, adopt rules for on-call duties, incorporate a pay grid that offers real opportunities for advancement and lastly we secured a 1.5% pay rise for all employees as of 1 January 2019.

Furthermore, the alignment with POST Luxembourg’s CLA makes it possible to eliminate any differences in remuneration that have existed between POST Luxembourg and POST Telecom staff doing the same jobs.

Around 180 employees took part in the information sessions that preceded the official approval of the negotiated text.

Buoyed by this achievement, ALEBA members of the Delegation feel confident as to the company elections to be held in the coming months.

For the ALEBA team within the Delegation and the Negotiating Committee,

Patrick Reisdorff