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A WEEKLY UPDATE OF ISSUES AFFECTING INTERNATIONAL MAIL DELIVERIES WORLDWIDE

 

   REPORT FOR WEEK 04 OF 2006

REPORT DATE: 27 January, 2006

Country

Date

Of Issue

Postal Impact H,M,L

Summary and Cause of Issue

 

Barbados

9 December

H

Postal workers, irate over thefts of their delivery motorcycles and bicycles, ended a strike 9 December afternoon, one day after they walked out pledging not to deliver holiday letters or packages until their concerns were heard. The country's 250 postal workers believed thieves known locally as "postal pirates" were targeting them to steal their transport _ which the workers pay for themselves.

 

 

 

Belgium

 

 

 

 

16 December

 

H

 

Personnel of Belgian postal service company De Post/La Poste went on a 24 hour strike on 12

December against the possible cut of some 1,000 jobs and the route reorganization.

 

 

Denmark

 

 

 

 

 

27 January

 

M

 

Scandinavian airline SAS's Danish pilots have continued their strike on 24 January for the second day and the airline has reportedly been forced to cancel its Copenhagen flights until 1200 local time. SAS had to cancel over 270 flights on 23 January due to the strike. The 100 Danish pilots are reportedly dissatisfied with airline plans to change collective bargaining structures.

 

 

 

Italy

 

 

 

27 January

M

Alitalia SpA said its programme of flights for 26 January are getting back to normal after trade unions called for workers to stop their disruptive action in a dispute over restructuring.

However, Alitalia gave no details on any cancellations on 26 January, after cancelling more than 200 flights per day in recent days because of the action. After workers stopped holding meetings an  blocking maintenance areas at the Fiumicino, Rome airport, operations have been fully restarted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 January

 

M

 

Alitalia faced a day of travel disruptions Thursday 19 January as two separate strikes targeted Italy's struggling flagship carrier. A 24-hour flight attendants' strike called by the Sult union forced Alitalia to announce the cancellation of 74 flights. However, more cancellations were reported by late in the morning after an additional 8-hour work stoppage was staged by pilots and Alitalia staff belonging to four other unions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postal Impact Key  H=High  M=Moderate  L=Low

 

 

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A WEEKLY UPDATE OF ISSUES AFFECTING INTERNATIONAL MAIL DELIVERIES WORLDWIDE