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German postal service disrupted by strike

Published on April 02, 2015

Postal workers in Germany carried out a second day of strikes in several regions Thursday, their trade union said, stranding millions of letters and thousands of packages.

Ahead of the Easter holiday long weekend, the Verdi services union called industrial action in Berlin and the surrounding region of Brandenburg, as well as the western states of Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland.

Verdi is seeking a reduction of working hours for 140,000 Deutsche Post employees to 36 hours per week from 38.5 hours currently, at the same salary.

It also opposes Deutsche Post plans to shift around 20,000 parcel delivery staff to contracts covered by logistics sector wage agreements.

On the first day of the work stoppage, Wednesday, 10,000 postal workers according to Verdi and 7,500 according to Deutsche Post joined the strike, hindering the delivery of six million letters and 300,000 parcels.

Deutsche Post’s shares gained 0.12 percent to 29.15 euros by around 0930 GMT Thursday.