No mail in Brussels and Brabant

Since yesterday evening the Brussels X sorting centre has been blocked by angry Belgian Post workers. There will be no mail delivery today in Brussels and in the provinces of Flemish and Walloon Brabant.

At about 10:30 PM Thursday evening employees of Belgian Post started their blockade of sorting centre Brussels X. No lorries were allowed to leave the centre.

The result of the blockade of Brussels X is that there will be no mail delivery in 90 municipalities in Brussels, Flemish and Walloon Brabant. The newspapers are being delivery.

Belgian Post must make budget cuts to be able to compete with other companies

The blockade of Brussels X is part of a series of strikes over recent days. Postal employees are protesting against plans to recruit new part-time postmen and women. The semi-public Belgian Post Office is launching 28 pilot projects that involve the recruitment of part-time postal workers. These part-time workers will be paid less.

The postal trade unions fear that jobs will be cut among the ranks of mailmen and women now at work. Managing Director of the Post Johnny Thijs (photo) remarks that mail deliverers only need to work part-time and that the Belgian Post needs to make expense cuts to be able to compete with other post companies.

Mailmen and women  in Liège and Charleroi are also striking today. In Flanders there are no strikes today.