Union rejects proposal to end postal workers strike

Talks will continue on Wednesday as the two sides PAU and Palta failed to reach an agreement they both liked under the auspices of the National Conciliator.

File picture of Posti truck leaving Helsinki depot, 12th November 2019 / Credit: News Now Finland

The Post and Logistics Union PAU has formally rejected a proposal to end ongoing industrial action that involves thousands of workers and sympathy strikes from other unions.

National Conciliator Vuokko Piekkala had submitted a proposal after talks she brokered between PAU and the union representing employers Palta continued until midnight on Monday.

“The proposal for reconciliation was made on the basis of the employer’s objectives, which left PAU no choice but to reject the proposal” the union says in a statement.

The next round of talks between the two sides is set to continue on Wednesday at 13:00.

A number of unions representing transport workers at ports, airports and logistics hubs have announced sympathy strikes in support of the postal workers and transport in the capital region is set to be crippled next Monday as HSL workers stage a 24-hour strike, and ferry services to Estonia also likely to be affected.

So what is the strike about? 

Finland’s state-owned postal company Posti wants to switch the collective bargaining agreement for around 700 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%.

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