The state-run postal services company Slovenská Pošta has started collective bargaining with employee representatives on a basic wage increase for 2011. The company reported on Wednesday, January 5, that collective bargaining began at the request of the trade union organisation Mail and Logistics.
The company says the average wage for 2010 was €631, representing an increase of 5 percent compared to 2009, when the average wage was €601. "Slovenská Pošta, as an employer of 15,600 people, complies to the maximum possible level with the requirements of the strongest trade union Mail and Logistics, stemming from the company's collective agreement," the company wrote in a statement.
In connection with the liberalisation of the postal market and the resulting processes, the company's management is preparing a new organisational structure. The outcome will be published in two to three months.
"In cases where the outcome will lead to a reduction in staff, Slovenská Pošta will first inform employees' representatives and the employees themselves well in advance,” reads the statement, as quoted by the SITA newswire. The company said it sees no reason for a strike, since social dialogue is underway between it and employee representatives.
Slovenská Pošta was established as a state-run enterprise on January 1, 1993, and transformed into a joint-stock company in October 2004 with registered capital of €214.3 million. Its sole shareholder is the government, through the Transport Ministry. According to the law, the company is obliged to provide a so-called universal service, which means that it has to deliver mail to all populated settlements across the country at least once a day and at a reasonable price.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Jan 2011 at 10:00