The belt-tightening measures are necessitated by the ongoing “historic” transformation of the postal and logistics industry, Itella says in a press release.Itella announced on Friday that it has concluded consultative negotiations with its staff and will lay off a total of 239 staff members, nearly 100 fewer than initially estimated.

The negotiations concerned a total of 2,200 staff members in expert and supervisory positions in administration as well as in planning and supervisory positions in production. The majority of the employees to be made redundant are based in the capital region.

The provider of postal and logistics services will continue mulling over cost-cuts with employees providing parcel and logistics services in its supply chain solutions unit. Employees in mail sorting and delivery duties as well as terminal and warehouse employees, in turn, will not be affected by the need to reduce personnel costs.

“We are very pleased to achieve the targets with less redundancies than expected. During the negotiations, the number of redundancies was reduced through voluntary arrangements and retirements,” Jaana Jokinen, the director of human resources at Itella, says in a bulletin.

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