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Posti to cut 94 jobs – with more redundancies on the way

Finland's national post office said the cuts are due to a reduction in mail volumes and a three-year savings plan.

File photo of Posti mail carrier. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

Finland's national postal service Posti on Wednesday announced job cuts of 94 workers, following the conclusion of co-determination talks with unions.

Posti initiated restructuring negotiations in April, citing a drastic decline in the volume of mail deliveries and an aim to save at least 150 million euros over the next three years. The firm initially had plans to cut as many as 120 jobs.

At the same time, Posti began a separate round of redundancy talks concerning 124 other jobs. The firm said those cuts, which would affect a maximum of 106 employees, are due to the shuttering of 18 post offices by March of next year.

The firm said it plans to close four post offices in Helsinki (in the neighbourhoods of Punavuori, Etu-Vallila, Hakaniemi and Herttoniemi), Espoo (in Tapiola), Lahti, Turku, Pori, Tampere, Kouvola, Mikkeli, Lappeenranta, Lemi, Vaasa, Kuopio and Rovaniemi.

More service points planned

Meanwhile, the company has plans to expand the number of service points across the country by around 700. The company said that over this and next year there will be more than 2,800 Posti service points in Finland.

Posti's retail service points – often located in supermarkets and shops – feature mail drop-off, pick-up and other services. The company said its services will continue to be available in communities across the country.

The company said it needed to make the changes in order for it to reduce costs by at least 150-200 million euros over the next three years. It also cited a drastic reduction of volume of mail, including letters as well as publications.

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