Transport union AKT plans to join postal worker strike

The sympathy strikes would start on Monday and last for a week, if no solution is found to the dispute in ongoing mediation talks.

File picture of Posti parcel delivery truck / Credit: Posti

One of Finland’s biggest unions says it plans to join industrial action in support of striking postal workers on Monday.

The Transport Workers’ Union AKT represents 47,000 professionals in a wide range of industries including rail and tourism, ports and the oil product industries but the sympathy strike wouldn’t mean all of them stop working.

During the sympathy strike AKT members would refrain from working in support of Posti activities, for example mail transport deliveries or truck shipments, bus staff, terminal operations, at bus stations, freight forwarding depots or at ports.

What is the dispute about? 

Finland’s state-owned postal company Posti wants to switch the collective bargaining agreement for parcel force workers from one union to another, a move which staff say would lead to weaker terms and conditions and pay cuts between 30% and 50%.

Post and Logistics Union PAU says up to 9,000 postal workers are on strike, with services impacted around the country.

Municipalities and service providers like electricity companies and medical services have let local residents know they’re unlikely to get letters and parcels or bills on time, and are making special arrangements for customers in many cases.

The strike is set to continue until 8th December if no solution is found in ongoing arbitration talks.