The postal strike continues, while the strikers gain support from other unions in fields such as maritime and rail freight transport.. And the protest could last a long time, as the main postal union (PAU) implied today by rejecting a negotiation proposal from the National Labour Conciliator, Vuokko Piekkala.
PAU's chair Heidi Nieminen confirmed on Tuesday that the organization will not accept the terms and conditions proposed on Monday evening. In turn, the employer's representatives did accept the proposal.
The main obstacle for the union is the company's decision to transfer some 700 workers in parcel sorting services under the scope of a new collective agreement negotiated by Teollisuusliitto (Finnish Industrial Union) and Medialiitto (Finnmedia).
According to PAU, for the employees this would mean wage cuts and important reductions on work conditions. Postal workers were also on strike last September in an attempt to curb the company's decisions.
Both parties are called to continue negotiating next Wednesday at 13:00 at the office of the National Labour Conciliator.