Effect of PAU’s strikes on international parcels and postal items


Service Sector Employers Palta and the Finnish Post and Logistics Union PAU have so far been unable to reach a solution in their collective agreement negotiations. According to PAU’s announcement, the strike will begin on Monday, November 11 at 6:00 a.m. and continue until midnight on Sunday, November 24. The negotiations will continue on November 13.

In addition to PAU’s strike, some of the domestic traffic labor unions have issued an advance notification regarding sympathy strikes. If realized, the measures of support of the Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) will apply to the handling of mail at airports.

Current estimate of the effect of the strike on international deliveries

The aim is to deliver parcels and pallet shipments arriving from or delivered to Sweden or the Baltic countries in accordance with the service promise, but delays of a few days may occur.

Other parcels within the EU will most likely be delayed by a few days. Most parcels to/from Europe are delivered as road transport, so the effect on them is minimal.

The strike has the greatest effect on international parcels and letter items delivered by air transport to/from countries outside Europe, such as the US, Japan or China. Such shipments will not be sent until after the strike.

The letterbox-delivery of international letters, magazines and advertisements will also be suspended.

The effects of the strike will be updated on a daily basis and they will be communicated on Posti’s website and Twitter. You can find the notifications at posti.fi from Monday, November 11 onwards. They will be published daily at around 12 noon and 6 p.m.

“We would like to thank our customers for their patience. We are very sorry about the uncertainty and disruptions caused by the strikes. However, the majority of our parcel deliveries from neighboring areas, such as Sweden, can be delivered quickly, subject to only minor delays. We aim to restore the normal delivery rhythm immediately after the end of the strike and, therefore, Christmas parcels should be delivered on time,” explains Jarmo Ainasoja, Head of Exception Management, Posti.