Ten thousand on strike as post union extends industrial action

PAU says it will keep the strike going until 8th December to put pressure on Posti to come closer to their negotiating position over terms and conditions.

File picture of Posti parcel delivery truck / Credit: Posti

Around 10,000 postal workers have gone on strike today across Finland, in action that will last until 8th December.

The PAU union has called the strike in response to Posti’s attempts to move 700 parcel force workers to a new collective bargaining agreement.

The new agreement would weaken working conditions and cut salaries up to 50% for some workers.

The two sides are supposed to meet for arbitration on Wednesday but are said to be far apart in their negotiating positions.

The union says it is going to extend the strike by another two weeks, until 8th December if a solution is not found to the dispute.

“The new stoppages will apply to mail distribution, mail handling, mail delivery and clerical and shop duties across the country” says PAU in a statement.

PAU’s Heidi Nieminen claimed Monday morning on MTV News that Posti cut a hole in a fence around a sorting depot to bring in strike-busting workers. Posti says it is sticking to the agreed number of staff on its payroll.