Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Postal And Courier Activities
53.1 - Postal activities under universal service obligation

1,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 August 2007
Employment effect (start)
22 August 2007
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


Österreichische Post, a large Austrian postal service provider, is to cut 1,500 jobs across Austria by the end of 2009. The job cuts are due to overcapacity in the mail delivery services section of the organization, and will affect the 10,500 postmen employed by the organization. Österreichische Post has stated that the job losses will be realized through 'natural turnover', and foresees the staff cuts being achieved through retirements and employees voluntarily leaving the organization. The Austrian Union of Postal and Telecommunications Employees is strictly opposed to the job cuts, and has threatened to organize industrial action in response to the job losses. Österreichische Post management argue that increasing competition in the liberalised post and courier service sector make restructuring imperative. Österreichische Post employs 25,000 in Austria.


  • 27 August 2007: Kurier
  • 23 August 2007: Der Standard
  • 23 August 2007: Die Presse


Eurofound (2007), Österreichische Post, Internal restructuring in Austria, factsheet number 65759, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/65759.