Bpost unions are citing two main concerns: a possible privatisation and lingering personnel issues. "This is not a political strike, but it happens to coincide with other strikes," says Jean-Pierre Nyns of the ACOD.
Nyns denounces the lack of staff: "People leaving the company, are often not being replaced. This is very demotivating for young employees." Unions are also afraid a privatisation will further impact on working conditions. Just recently, a take-over with the Dutch post company PostNL faltered.
Trades unions label this strike as a "clear warning".