Posti on Monday announced it will launch consultative negotiations with employees in production or administration-related jobs at its postal services unit. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

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UP TO 124 PEOPLE could lose their jobs as a consequence of the consultative negotiations announced on Monday by Posti.

The Finnish state-owned postal service provider said the redundancies are part of its effort to reduce annual operating costs by 150–200 million euros over the next three years. The cost savings, it explained, are made necessary by the drastic decline in the volume of letter and magazine deliveries.

The negotiations will affect the administrative and production staff of the postal services business of Posti.

Posti also stated that it will overhaul its network of service points in response to an increase in online sales and changes in customer needs.

Lasse Huttunen, the head of the retail network of Posti, said the underlying factor is a considerable change in the mobility, customer behaviour and time-spending habits of people. “Our customers want to take care of their postal transactions while, for example, doing the groceries. Finns appreciate convenience,” he commented in a press release from Posti.

Such changes have increased the popularity of parcel lockers, which have been used by almost 60 per cent of Finns, according to Posti. The service provider said it will both install new parcel lockers, including in residential buildings, and outsource, consolidate or shut down some of its existing service points.

The 20 service points affected by the plans are located in Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo, Lahti, Turku, Pori, Tampere, Kouvola, Mikkeli, Lappeenranta, Lemi, Vaasa, Kuopio and Rovaniemi.

Posti in March announced the completion of another round of consultative negotiations, saying it will make a maximum of 59 employees redundant.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT