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Denmark - Dire postal service situation: Thousands on the chopping block

09 Mar 2017, 15:17

http://cphpost.dk/news/business/dire-po ... block.html

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The national postal service Postnord has announced it intends to let go of upwards of 4,000 employees – roughly 40 percent of its entire staff in Denmark – in a bid to streamline its flailing economy following revelations that the Danish part of Postnord ran up a loss of 1.5 billion kroner in 2016.

Furthermore the service wants to deliver mail just one day a week in the future and wants politicians in Denmark and Sweden, the other co-owner of Postnord, to cough up 2.3 billion kroner to help bail them out and make the transition.

“It’s a hard punch. We know the company is struggling financially and something needs to happen, but it hurts to have to say goodbye to so many colleagues,” Torben Struck, a spokesperson for postal workers in Region South Denmark, told DR Nyheder.

“We may be able to make do with fewer employees, but we are already really busy and I have a difficult time ascertaining at this juncture whether it will be enough.”

Will Sweden play along?
Postnord expects that the transition will take four years to complete and that it will suffer a loss on letter distribution during that time.

Following the transition, packages and letters will be consolidated in two tracks: a basic track named ‘blomst’ (‘flower’), which involves the postal workers only delivering mail once per week, and a second track called ‘ekspres’ (‘express’) that encompasses day-to-day delivery.

But it is unknown whether Sweden, which owns 60 percent of Postnord, wants to contribute to the straightening of the postal ship in Denmark.

Denmark - Dire postal service situation: Thousands on the chopping block

08 Apr 2017, 18:29

Seems to fit in with their policy over the past 10 years of reducing head count ..... :sad:

EMPLOYEES OF POSTNORD DENMARK SINCE 2007:

2007: 20592
2008: 19549
2009: 18049
2010: 16206
2011: 14731
2012: 13411
2013: 12727
2014: 12036
2015: 11123
2016: 10,000 (estimated)
[Source: PostNord]

*Last year Danish MP's voted to scrap 1st class deliveries in 2016, a year after they doubled the price to send a 1st class letter.

* In 2016 the single delivery option could take up to 5 days to deliver with deliveries cut to a Monday - Friday service.
[source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36193433 ]

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