P&T to reorganise the reorganisation
The Economy minister, Jeannot Krecke visited the postal sorting office in Bettembourg on Wednesday morning to get a clear picture of the mail distribution reorganisation.
This reorganisation was strongly criticised by unions and caused delays, especially in the distribution of newspapers.
"We are aware there has been much turmoil in recent weeks and now we must ensure that calm returns. This is our main objective" declared Minister Jeannot Krecke on Wednesday morning.
Delivery routes shortened
Specifically, the delivery routes of a postman assistants (employed as a private employees) will be shortened, which will alleviate postmen in preparing their routes. Their own routes will also be reduced by 10%.
What must be avoided are situations where postmen are required to work many extra hours to meet all their obligations.
The distribution of parcels and advertising will also be subject to change. However the biggest news is no doubt the increase of the training period for assistants (previously only two weeks).
An expert to oversee the reorganisation
“The reorganisation as a whole is not the cause of problems”, stated the Minister who now wants stability back in the business.
To do this, an expert will be appointed in September and October, to overview the implementations and identify any weaknesses. They will be accompanied by a committee composed of many management and staff representatives.
This reorganisation is designed to prepare P&T for complete liberalisation and privatisation of its postal services planned for Luxembourg on 1 January 2013.
As for the unions, they are now waiting to see if the planned changes will stick to promises made.
The results will be seen in September, notably if newspapers actually appear in letterboxes to accompany morning coffee and croissants!