Parcel industry: Mitgehangen, mitgefangen (

Parcel industry: Join, catch

Photo: dpa / Malte Christians

The economic wing of the Union has abandoned its opposition to subcontractor liability in the parcel sector. Too obvious are the grievances that unions have brought to light, as well as the state regulators. The large logistics companies Hermes, DPD and GLS, which have outsourced the delivery of packages almost completely to sub-or sub-contractors, can no longer pull out of the affair. In the future, they will be responsible for the companies they hire. Not only symbolically, but very concrete: In case of fraud, they pay the bill. This makes the commissioning of the largest dumping companies riskier and therefore less attractive.

Decent working conditions are therefore far from being achieved in the parcel sector. At low wages, work hustles and fake self-employment, nothing changes at first. Therefore, the hope remains unfulfilled that with the subcontractor liability has taken care of the entire business model of large logistics companies, which gain advantages by delegating the expensive home delivery to others. Cheaper are the often not collectively bound delivery companies anyway.

Liability for clients is a first step towards teaching good manners to this confusing growth industry – if, indeed, if it is actually controlled.

. (TagsToTranslate) Working conditions (t) Packet sector (t) Nachunternehmerhaftung


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