Postal services have become messy all over Europe.
In many countries "the postman" who had a job able to support a family has been replaced by local part timers, often family mothers who do the job at considerably lower wages.
Parcel service companies like DHL have introduced the "Official Partner of DHL" concept.
The workers for these companies have been registered as private entrepreneurs.
They lease the delivery truck and work 14 hours a day. Only 8 hours are paid and as a consequence they make less than 5 Euro' per hour delivering the increasing volume of internet orders.
For every parcel they are unable to deliver they are fined.
Speed and parking fines of course have to be paid by the "entrepreneur" and with the current regime of money hungry cities and communities doing the job without risking a fine has become impossible.
If damage occurs to the van this too remains the problem of the "entrepreneur" and if he fails to maintain it up to DHL's standards he or she is fired.
So here we have a company DHL, making billions of profits exploiting the people who really do the tough job of delivering people's internet shopping, even if they live on the 12th stock of a high rise treated like slaves. Nothing more, nothing less.
The dealings of DHL and it's partners were exposed by a journalist who went underground and did the job for a DHL Partner for a period of two weeks in Germany.
And so we have to conclude that even the most rudimentary services in Europe are executed on a level found in any Banana Republic with absolutly no respect or consideration for the people who make the shareholders rich.
At my gliding club 10 year ago it was normal to have club members who worked as a mail man for the postal services.
Today no person delivering mail or parcels for that matter is in a position that provides the financial basis to afford a membership of a gliding club. And this despite the fact that business is booming.
No respect for DHL workers.http://www.itfglobal.org/dhlblog/?p=201
DHL in the mean time just finished a take over bid by a big competitor.
What will happen with the "entrepreneurs" and their leased vans, nobody knows but i'm quite sure a number of them will be declared bankrupt.
I am a warm supporter of free markets where free people offer their services at free will but in the case of DHL this is not the case. People have been deliberately trapped into a position where the promise of earning around 20 Euro per hour was not met.
Instead they had a lease contract and the costs of their truck to pay for and overtime was not rewarded.
I think something is fundamentally wrong when people work a full day and don't earn enough money to support a basic household.