The post office reduces staff with 300 positions

Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

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Posten moves all letter sorting and so-called route preparation in southern Norway to the Eastern terminal at Lørenskog. Thus, 300 employees lose their jobs.

“Many employees are affected, but fortunately they are prepared,” says Communications Director Elisabeth Gjølme at Posten Norge to Nettavisen.

The downsizing takes place after all manual route preparation of mail is to be moved to Lørenskog. The sorting centers in Bergen, Stavanger and Stokke are to close.

The Post has previously said that as many as 300 people may lose their jobs in connection with the relocation of route preparation, and now that is confirmed.

“The staffing cuts will be implemented during this quarter,” says Gjølme.

She says that all employees have been given solutions with voluntary schemes.

“There are pension schemes, such as gift pensions, as well as severance packages and other work in or outside the group,” says Gjølme.

Postkom, the trade union of Posten’s employees, believes the process has been good.

“The result was better than feared. We are very happy that we have managed to take care of the oldest workers who are approaching AFP,” says District Attorney General Helge Mathiesen in Postkom to Nettavisen.

Next year, between 1,000 and 1,500 employees at Posten will lose their jobs in connection with the transition to delivery of postal mail every other day.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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