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Postal strike ends

With Christmas in the air and mail deliveries virtually at a standstill, the public and the business sector were eager for a speedy resolution to the standoff.

Minna Helle
National Conciliator Minna Helle Image: Yle

The postal workers' strike has ended. On Monday Posti and employee representatives accepted a settlement proposed by state conciliator Minna Helle. The deal came after weeks of negotiations – and narrowly averted a spate of crippling sympathy strikes in other sectors.

On Sunday night talks had at least advanced to the point where government conciliator Minna Helle was able to draw up a draft settlement.

The walkout began November 19. The two sides were at loggerheads over pay and other conditions of work as they attempted to renew a collective bargaining agreement that expired four weeks ago. The stalemate has seen postal workers go on a staggered strike across the country.

With Christmas in the air and mail deliveries virtually at a standstill, the public and the business sector were eager for a speedy resolution to the standoff. Posti now says that Christmas deliveries should be on time.

Sympathy actions took effect

Posti was under pressure to settle fast, as a number of other trade unions were beginning sympathy strikes on Monday. That could have spelt further delays catching up, as other workers refused to process deliveries by logistics companies importing and exporting goods from overseas.

Meanwhile the service sector union PAM said workers at supermarket and other outlets would stop providing postal services from Wednesday. Public and welfare as well as aviation sector workers would not load or move Posti deliveries at local airports - and cabin crew members would refuse all overtime duties.

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