Deliveries from Belgium's main postal service bpost will be disrupted on Tuesday after unions representing company staff called for a 24-hour strike, starting at 22:00 on Monday. The protest comes as employees fear for their job security.
A spokesperson for bpost, 50.1% owned by the Belgian State, confirmed that the strike would impact their operations, mostly in Brussels and Wallonia. Certain strike actions have already taken place in the south of the country on Monday afternoon.
Tweet translation: "Disruptions to bpost's services. The bpost unions are calling for a strike from 22:00 on Monday 27 February until 22:00 on Tuesday 28 February. This will affect all bpost services. We are doing our utmost to limit inconveniences and delays."
The strike action is due to unions wanting to protect employees' positions within the company, which is said to be threatened by two recent changes.
Firstly, unions argue that bpost's aim of becoming an international e-commerce company has increased concerns about an internal reorganisation. Moreover, the recent arrival of Amazon's own delivery service may impact delivery volumes, resulting in job losses.
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"While we want to follow the management," Luc Tegethoff of the SLFP Poste trade union stated. "But this must not come at the cost of jobs." He expressed hopes that the strike will put pressure on bpost to review any reorganisation.