Finnish Posti facing strike action

The Finnish postal operator Posti is facing service disruptions should the main postal trade union go on strike later this week. Labour negotiations are under way and the outcome could determine whether there is strike action.

The Finnish Post and Logistics union PAU will begin industrial action “if the negotiations fail to deliver results before that”. The negotiations are taking place over local concerns about redundancies and over use of temporary workers.

With the negotiations not going as well as they might, Posti gave a press release stating that it, “will do everything in its power to ensure that the strike affects its customers as little as possible.”

The strike action will affect newspaper delivery in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, and Kauniainen and Uusimaa between November 20-21, and 23-25. Mail delivery will also be stopped in Helsinki on November 20, and 23-25.

The postal centre in Helsinki will see strike action including its foreign production, logistics centre in Vantaa, and Siipitie. The Veturitie terminal in Helsinki and logistics terminal in Lieto will also be affected when industrial action takes place on November 19-21, and 23-25.

All postal work will be stopped in Jyväskylä, postal centres in Kuopio, Tampere and Seinäjok. This will take place between the 25-27 and 29-30 of November.

However early morning delivery of newspapers in Pohjalainen and Ilkka, and Keskisuomalainen will be excluded from the planned strike action.

The statement from Posti included a stoppage of work, “regarding mail delivery in Jyväskylä, Kuopio and Seinäjoki, November 26-27 and 30, 2015.”

With the changing face of the mail and parcel market, there is a lot of work to be done between postal operators and their labour force, both in redeployment and effective workforce reduction. Such strikes are the outcome where such practises are not effectively carried out.