Labour MPs threaten post liberalisation

Labour (PvdA) MPs are threatening to join forces with the left-wing opposition to block plans to fully open the postal delivery market to competition unless the Christian Democrats (CDA) agree to more rights for delivery workers, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Wednesday.

MPs were yesterday debating plans to allow firms to compete for the delivery of letters weighing under 50 grammes.
The PvdA, Socialist Party and other minor parties are angry that newcomers to the market, such as Sandd and Selektmail, don’t actually employ their delivery workers, but treat them as freelancers and pay them a couple of cents for every item they deliver.
TNT Post staff are paid hourly rates, with pension contributions and holiday pay.
The CDA says the working conditions of Sandd and Selektmail staff should be covered in labour laws, not those regulating the post market. ‘You don’t regulate shop workers’ pay rates in the shop opening hours law,’ said one MP.
MPs delayed the vote on the bill until Thursday.

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