The package of services, Hermes and DPD increase their prices. Hermes, behind DHL, the second largest provider in Germany, wants to increase the price of the delivery to the front door. “We will differentiate the prices more. This means, among other things, that the door-to-door delivery, it will be more expensive,” announced Hermes-Germany-in-chief Olaf Schabirosky in the Hamburger Abendblatt.

After Hermes had increased the prices for packages already in the spring by an average of 4.5 per cent, it’ll give in the coming year, a further increase of a similar amount, said Schabirosky. “Overall, we want to increase the price for a package of 50 cents. However, this is only in several steps.” The goal is to be able to more revenue for the postal carriers to better pay. “We currently have a minimum wage of 9.50 euros. In about four years, we arrive at 12 euros,” said Schabirosky.

The statutory minimum wage increases beginning in January 2019, currently 8,84 Euro per hour to 9,19 euros. In the following year, there will be a further increase in the statutory minimum wage to then 9,35 Euro per hour.

Also, the parcel service DPD announced a price increase for the year change of 6.5 percent. “In the coming years, continuous price adjustments will be unavoidable,” it said in a statement.

DHL prices to be stable

remain Stable, the cost of the service is to remain the market leader DHL. “We pay the best, about 98 percent of the packets are from their own people, the collective agreements have,” said a company spokesperson. The payment at DHL, sun well above the statutory minimum wage.

The trade Union ver.di had only complained in November, a “catastrophic has the situation in the package industry.” Only the Deutsche Post and the belonging to the group regional daughters DHL Delivery and UPS would be to work with employees deliverer inside and mail carriers, who were paid according to Tariff. “In the case of the other three major parcel services, DPD, Hermes and GLS is worked in the service exclusively with sub-contractors,” so ver.di. “That’s where the working conditions are often precarious.”