Dutch postal workers start three-day strike
Postal workers at leading Dutch postal company TNT have begun a three-day strike. The strike was called on Tuesday night in protest at the large number of forced dismissals included in TNT post's reorganisation plans. This is the third strike by TNT workers in a month.
TNT Post wants to scrap a total of 11,000 jobs because of increasing competition on the shrinking postal market. TNT Post's plans initially included 4,500 forced dismissals, but this number was reduced to 3,100 following strike threats by the unions. On Tuesday, the company presented a new proposal including 2,300 forced dismissals, and a 'stay of execution' for another 300, but the unions rejected the offer as "too lean".
About 20,000 people are employed in the sections which sort and deliver the mail. About 10,000 are members of the main trade union federations CNV and FNV, another 5,000 are members of the postal workers union BVPP, which is not taking part in the strike. BVPP does not believe the number of forced dismissals can be reduced any further.
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