Strike action underway at the Post Office
The postal workers unions are protesting against a restructuring operation at the Post Office.
The industrial action is expected to last for three days and is impacting on the service.
The unions believe that the management is using the European liberalisation of postal services as an excuse to contract out some services. Postal workers say that they will no longer be able to do their job to its full potential.
They fear that the Post Office will contract out the delivery of mail and newspapers and that this work will be done by people for whom this is merely a sideline, a way of earning some extra cash.
Albert Vanden Eynde of the Socialist union says that such a development would mean the demise of the job of postman as we have known it for decades.
The unions also feel that too much government attention is going to financial and industrial businesses and that not enough is being paid to public service businesses.
Most postal workers have joined the strike. Customers will probably find less mail in your letter box today.
Postal workers also staged a demonstration on Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday the action is expected to hit distribution and transport.