Back in January, FedEx announced plans up to fire thousands of workers across Europe, stating publicly the completion of the TNT Express integration as a reason.
FedEx-TNT workers have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – transporting essential goods into our homes, hospitals and shops under harsh conditions to keep the world moving. Their efforts contributed to the record profits of FedEx and booming e-commerce, which shows no signs of slowing down.
Workers are in shock and can only question the need for these layoffs.
TNT workers in Germany have been speaking out, questioning the financial utility of these layoffs and voicing their concerns for their future.
Many are loyal employees with over 10 years of service, close to the age of retirement and are now wondering how they will find new jobs:
“I thought that I could stay with TNT until retirement. Finding a job at my age is very difficult. I am torn that I don’t know what to do next…”
“If you’ve crossed the age of 50, it’s not easy to get a new job.”
“At the beginning of the month, I get a certificate that says: Thank you for the many years of loyal and trusting cooperation. A few days later, it says: by the end of February 2022, you will be gone!”
Workers also expressed their confusion over such a move as FedEx-TNT shows no sign of financial issues:
“I’m stunned at how people are dealt with at FedEx. I cannot understand that FedEx, despite record figures, is firing the workforce.”
“It’s unbelievable and sad how FedEx deals with us… we’re just being thrown away. The announcement that FedEx has been doing very well since the acquisition of TNT and how well the shares are and how much more has been generated makes it all the more incomprehensible.”
“According to the press and the company, figures are not scarce. And then they come, and they want to demolish jobs. We are people – this is about livelihoods.”
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