Strikes are over – Christmas mail will be delivered on time

30.11.2015

The postal industry has reached a new collective agreement, which means the industrial actions are over for now. Work will go on as usual on Tuesday, and we can focus all our efforts on clearing the backlog and handling Christmas mail.

- It's a relief to be able to promise to our customers that mail will be delivered during the Christmas season. At the moment, we still have lots of work to do in clearing the backlog caused by the strikes, but we are doing everything we can to make sure that there will be no delays to Christmas mail, Jarmo Ainasoja, Director of Posti's Control Center promises.

Posti managed to deliver over 85% of all mail to recipients on time or with a small delay even during the strikes. According to the current estimate, 90-95% of mail will be delivered as usual in the entire country by the end of the week.

Services that are available as normal:

  • Freight and warehousing services,
  • early-morning newspaper delivery,
  • all of Posti's service points (outlets, Parcel Points, pickup points, corporate service points),
  • delivery of meals to homes and institutions, and
  • parcels in most parts of Finland.

The strikes have caused delays in the following services:

  • There might be some delays on items that are sorted manually at the postal center in Helsinki.
  • The maximum delay in the delivery of printed products (letters, publications, advertisements) in the Helsinki region is two weeks.
  • The parcels handled at the postal center in Tampere will be delayed for about five days.
  • There will be delays in the delivery of mail in Tampere, Jyväskylä, Kuopio and Seinäjoki for approximately one week.

- I want to thank our customers for their patience and trust in us. Supervisors and employees not covered by the strikes have handled mail also during the strikes, which will help us clear the backlog caused by the industrial action. Our own personnel will from now on be helped by seasonal assistants, just like before every Christmas. I believe that this team will help us realize the promises we have made to our customers, Jarmo Ainasoja says.

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