- Postal workers, union members, MEPs and concerned
citizens will tell the European Parliament in Brussels today to
demand an end to post market liberalisation.
The groups say the switch from publicly funded post systems to
private ownership routinely leads to unemployment, attacks on working
conditions and poorer service for customers.
UNI Global Union will host a demonstration at 2 pm at the European
Parliament to urge it to immediately put a moratorium on the
implementation of the 3rd postal directive, which would pave the way
for the privatisation of postal services across Europe.
"What we have been seeing in Germany and the Netherlands
recently-- postal companies demanding lower wages and announcing big
job cuts and the courts ruling against negotiated safeguards -- is
the inevitable disastrous conclusion of a failed liberalisation
policy," said Neil Anderson, Head of UNI Post & Logistics. "Our
research shows liberalisation is a catalyst for social dumping. The
European Commission is blindly implementing a botched strategy and
ignoring the serious social consequences."
Joining UNI are unions and public interest group members who don't
want to see quality mail service disappear from Europe.
"Workers and concerned citizens have found common cause in this
fight," said MEP Sabine Wils, from Germany's Die Linke party. "We
don't want to pay more for poorer service and we don't want our taxes
going to corporations who care more about profits than customer
A global study, carried out by UNI, shows that full liberalisation
of the postal market does not work. Service quality has deteriorated
in liberalised postal markets. Liberalisation also causes tremendous
job losses, increases precarious working conditions and leads to wage
The UNI study has been ignored by the European Commission, which
failed to meet the demands made by the European Parliament when they
agreed to postal market liberalisation.
You can find the study at:
UNI Post & Logistics is the global union for the postal and
logistics industry, representing 157 unions and 2.5 million workers
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