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Itella apologise for strike action inconvenience

Itella has apologised for any inconvenience caused by recent industrial action.

15 March 2011

State-owned Finnish postal company Itella has apologised for the inconvenience caused by members of its workforce going on strike.

Earlier in the week, workers at its Jyvaskyla sorting office took part in a mass walkout, in a continuation of similar industrial action across the country.

In a move which could prompt a need for strike negotiations, employees were protesting against the new Postal Act, a piece of contentious legislation that was approved by the Finnish parliament earlier in the month.

Itella noted that this industrial action have caused mail delays in several regions and claimed it will undertake "exceptional arrangements" to ensure recipients receive their items.

"In this financial situation of the company and the changing competitive situation, all measures which weaken customer service and confidence in Itella are harmful and may cause difficulties to keeping jobs," the company said.

Earlier in the month, members of the UK's Communication Workers Union voted "overwhelmingly" in favour of industrial action over a dispute centred around pay and job security among Post Office workers.

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