King Philip makes semi-private visit to Fleurus postal facility
Wednesday, 08 October 2014
On Tuesday morning, King Philip visited the Fleurus postal facility, which handles mail for the Hainaut-Namur area. This visit was part of the King’s willingness to take a closer look at staff working conditions. The King broke new ground in this area last winter when at dawn he met with workers from “Bruxelles Propreté” to ask about their nightly work and what family problems their jobs might be causing. This time however the King opted to visit the postal workers of the Fleurus postal facility during their nightly break. He was welcomed by the leaders of Bpost, among them the CEO of the company, Koen Van Gerven, as well as Hainaut governor, Tommy Leclercq.
After a short briefing, the King walked the long aisles of the postal facility, which processes up to 55,000 parcels and 300,000 letters per day, with peaks of 700,000 per season.
The Fleurus postal facility employs about 300 people, and King Philip had discussions with different staff members, before joining some in the facility’s cafeteria to interact with them without upsetting the smooth running of the mail sorting facility. The visit lasted nearly two hours.