Talks fail to halt next week’s postal strike

The industrial action was called after Posti changed collective bargaining arrangements for 700 parcel staff, which could mean pay cuts up to 50% for some workers.

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File picture of Posti parcel delivery truck / Credit: Posti

Talks aimed at avoiding a two week strike by postal workers have ended without an agreement.

The Union of Post and Logistics PAU met with Service Sector Employers Palta for discussions to resolve the strike which is due to begin on Monday.

The negotiations were led by the national mediator Vuokko Piekkala who said after the meeting that the views were so far apart that no consensus was found.

According to PAU, no progress means the strike goes ahead as planned on Monday morning at 06:00, with the next official mediation talks not even due to take place until next Wednesday.

Industrial action was called after Posti decided to switch the collective bargaining agreement for 700 parcel service workers, which would have resulted in salary cuts of up to 50% for some staff.

“We are disappointed that the dispute was not resolved during the several weeks of negotiations” says Tuomas Aarto Palta Director General.

“PAU refuses to agree on any changes in practice […] the situation is unfortunate for customers and society as a whole” he adds.

How will the strike affect you? 

Posti estimates that deliveries of printed products such as letters, magazines or advertisements will be heavily interrupted during the strike period – in some cases even for weeks.

Domestic parcel deliveries are also likely to be delayed for several days.

However, morning newspaper deliveries and Posti’s freight services are expected to operate more or less normally, as the strike won’t extend to Posti’s warehousing operations.

Also, some safety and health-related goods such as groceries, pharmaceuticals and hospital products are excluded from the strike.

“The strike affects some of Posti’s services and will hinder the delivery of mail. The estimates regarding the effects will be clarified, and we will communicate them on a daily basis. We will do everything we can to minimize the effect of the strike as much as possible” says Jarmo Ainasoja from Posti.

For international deliveries, parcels coming from Sweden and the Baltic countries could be delayed by a few days, the same for packages coming from other EU countries.

The strike will have the strongest impact on international parcels and letter shipments arriving or departing from outside the EU by air – especially the US, Japan and China.

These shipments will not be sent from the countries of origin until after the strike.