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Postal workers' strike attracting sympathy action

The Transport Workers' Union AKT says it will ban overtime and shift swaps early next week.

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Postal workers demonstrating in Helsinki on 12 November. Image: Petteri Sopanen / Yle

The ongoing national postal strike continues to garner sympathy action.

The Transport Workers' Union AKT is threatening a ban on overtime and shift swaps within road and rail transport starting Tuesday, 19 November. In addition, logistics personnel will no longer handle deliveries from national mail carrier Posti.

By Wednesday, 20 November the ban on shift swaps and overtime will extend to AKT members working in docks, terminals and within the travel industry. This will bring 40,000 members under the support measure, which could last through 8 December--the entire duration of the postal workers' strike.

Meanwhile the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors (JHL) and Railway Union (RAU) have said they will suspend freight traffic on Monday and Tuesday. This sympathy action will not affect passenger train traffic.

Negotiations between the postal workers' union PAU and employer group Palta resume with national conciliator Vuokko Piekkala on Sunday afternoon.

Postal workers’ representatives announced the strike after a failure to reach an agreement with Posti on a new deal covering wages, terms and conditions in the sector. Some 9,000 Posti workers are participating in the industrial action.

Employee representatives are particularly irked by Posti’s plans to transfer 700 packaging and e-commerce workers to a different collective bargaining agreement.

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