Postal union set for strike action over collective bargaining switch

Posti's parcel delivery service will be hit on Monday and Tuesday next week.

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File picture of postal worker / Credit: PAU Facebook

The Finnish Post and Logistics Union PAU says its workers will go on strike next week, after Posti announced it would switch its collective labour agreement to that of a cheaper union.

The current collective bargaining agreement between PAU and Posti runs out at the end of October and from 1st November Posti says it will have a deal with a different union instead.

Initially 700 parcel service workers are affected, and PAU says they’re facing salary cuts of 30% on average but up to 50% in some cases. The union is worried that Posti might do the same with 10,000 other postal workers in future.

“Every can imagine in their own situation if a third of their salary is cut” says PAU Chair Heidi Nieminen.

“This will ruin the parcel service of the postal service as the availability of workers to work under such poor conditions becomes more difficult” she says.

It’s not the first time Posti has made changes to collective bargaining agreements involving different sectors of its business. In 2017-2018 the same thing happened to newspaper delivery workers which saw their average salaries fall by 40% according to TAU.

Some 700 Posti parcel workers will go on strike from Sunday 1st September at 22:00, and won’t report for their shifts until the early hours of the morning on Wednesday 5th September.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to Posti’s customers by industrial action. Posti  leaves employees no choice but to fight for their salary and other terms of employment” says PAU’s Heidi Nieminen.