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Posti workers to stage two-week strike

Published : 07 Nov 2019, 23:44

  DF News Desk

Photo Source: Posti.

The Finnish Postal and Logistics Union PAU on Tuesday warned to for a strike from November 11 to November 24.

The strike could cause delays in letter deliveries, national conciliator Vuokko Piekkala announced on Thursday, reported news agency Xinhua quoting national broadcaster Yle.

The Postal and Logistics Union (PAU) has been in a row with the state-owned post service company Posti and no agreement was in sight, said the Yle report.

Both Posti and PAU confirmed that the strike would take place. The union believed that the conditions were not appropriate for the conciliator to submit a compromise proposal.

PAU's board will meet on Friday to finalize plans for the strike, and the next official negotiation is scheduled on Nov. 13, Yle reported.

Some 9,000 workers would be involved in the strike if it goes ahead, PAU said.

Earlier in September, postal workers in Finland took an industrial action, as the employer Posti planned to reduce the salaries of some 700 postal workers by 30 percent.

The action was cut short after Sirpa Paatero, the minister in charge of overseeing majority-state-owned firms, intervened.

Posti was considering to take plans that would shift some employees to a different working contract agreed with another union. PAU said this would significantly cut the income of already low-paid staff members.

Heidi Nieminen, chairman of PAU, underlined that ensuring the income level of low-paid workers was the key issue for the union.