Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Postal And Courier Activities
53.2 - Other postal and courier activities

285 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 July 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


DHL, the express subsidiary of Deutsche Post, has announced that DHL would cut 285 jobs in France and transfer 150 workers, in a bid to cope with the deterioration of its activities. As the job cuts are prompted by the decline in transported volumes, they will not concern the logistics activities of the company.

DHL will cut 225 jobs between September and December 2009, while 60 job cuts are envisaged at the group's support and freight services. DHL has a total of 5,200 staff employed. DHL's logistics business has not been affected by the job cuts. Deutsche Post has planned EUR 1 billion of savings by 2010 and intends to optimise its business in France to adapt its capacity to the decline in activity.

A French union, the General Confederation of Labour - Force ouvrière (Confédération générale du travail - Force ouvrière, CGT-FO), commented: 'Permanent restructuring has been going on for three years and the financial reasons for the social plan seem doubtful to us.' The unions called on employees to prepare for massive industrial action in the beginning of September 2009.

In the first half-year, Deutsche Post DHL revenues declined 15.3% to EUR 22.58 billion but operating profits dropped dramatically 85% to EUR 136 million. However, net profits increased 64.5% to EUR 1.01 billion due to a higher valuation of Postbank put options in the first three months of the year.


  • 10 July 2009: Ouest-France
  • 16 July 2009: L'Est Républicain
  • 10 July 2009: AFP


Eurofound (2009), DHL, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 69346, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69346.