The week that was: 19 April 2013OTHER NEW

The week that was: 19 April 2013

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Rounding up some of the biggest stories of the week in the pages of Post&Parcel, with strikes hitting Germany and the UK, trouble at Russian Post, and this year’s World Mail Awards shortlist announced…

World Mail Awards shortlist unveiled

The organisers of the industry’s “Oscars” unveiled the 16 shortlisted companies for this year’s awards, to be bestowed at a ceremony in Madrid on 5th June.

Among the categories, Correos, Deutsche Post and Solystic are vying for this year’s Innovation Award; InPost, Lithuania Post and UK Mail are up for the Growth Award; and CTT Correios de Portugal, SingPost and Swiss Post are in the running for the People Management Award.

Other shortlisted companies this year include Post Danmark, LibanPost, Austria Post, Polish Post, RPost, the Canada Revenue Agency and Lyngsoe Systems.

Strikes hit Deutsche Post and Post Office Ltd networks

Workers at Deutsche Post in Germany and at Crown branches of Post Office Ltd in the UK went on strike over pay demands and other issues.

German union Ver.di said 3,400 postal workers went on strike at Deutsche Post, causing delays in mail delivery. The united services union said that mail delivery was affected in many regions of Germany, and that 2.3m letters and more than 100,000 parcels could not be delivered.

In the UK, the Communication Workers Union called another strike over Post Office Ltd’s plans to outsource 70 branches. Post Office Ltd said its demands were “unrealistic” given the losses being made by the Crown branches.

Russian Post says international mail backlog “almost solved”

Russian Post was working on overtime to prevent a “collapse” of its international mail system under the weight of backlogged e-commerce parcels.

Following the crisis that saw 500 tonnes of international mail stockpiled last week at Moscow’s airports, the national postal operator said this week that it has been in “emergency mode” over the weekend taking various measures to relieve the pressure.

However, this week also saw the Russian government replacing under fire Russian Post chief executive Alexander Kiselev.

USPS urged lawmakers to pass postal reforms

Congressional hearing in the United States saw warnings that if postal reform does not happen this year, the US Postal Service could have insufficient money to pay workers.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the chairman of the Board of Governors Mickey Barnett suggested that Congress had been a “roadblock” to reform, the only stakeholder not acting to help stem the $16bn annual losses being made by USPS.

Yet members of Congress shot back with the suggestion that USPS has not been doing everything it can to cut costs and right its own financial ship.

Source: Post&Parcel

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