“The old unionists would be turning in their graves if they heard that we now deliver packages on Sundays,” said Jean-Pierre Nyns of the socialist trade union ACOD. “We are taking a historic step. The world is changing, whether we like it or not.”
Working on Sundays will exclusively happen on a voluntary, and employees will be paid 150% of their wages that day. Only if Sunday coincides with a public holiday, no packages will be delivered.
After a year, the system will be evaluated. “We are getting signals that there are a lot of volunteers,” Nyns said. “In the first instance, it concerns 250 extra jobs. And that could quickly grow to 500.”
For the past two years, Bpost has had a limited Sunday delivery service, meaning it prepares the packages, but the delivery is carried out by independent suppliers.
Due to the lockdown and the end-of-year rush, Bpost is currently flooded with packages, resulting in delays. An extra delivery day could spread the flow of orders more widely, but it is unworkable to implement it now in a hurry, according to the company.