Postal workers protest wage cuts
Members of the Committee to Save Mail Carriers demonstrated in the centre of Utrecht today to protest against the liberalisation of the postal market.THE NETHERLANDS - According to the committee, TNT mail carriers will see their salaries fall by 15 percent due to the proposed changes to the postal market.
A few weeks ago, unions and TNT Post signed an agreement in principle on the 2009 collective labour agreement; under the terms of the deal, mail carriers and sorters will see their salaries fall by five percent as of 1 April.
Over the coming years, the wage cuts will amount to 15 percent. The protesters are demanding, "a decent, living wage".
TNT Post says it is getting less business due to e-mail and internet as well as competition from other companies such as Sandd and Selekt Mail.
TNT Post will also lose its monopoly on delivering letters weighing up to 50 grams out of 1 April, when the liberalisation of the postal market goes into effect.
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