A general strike due to the delayed implementation of an agreement that prevents delivery workers from overwork was started by unions on Wednesday.
About a third of the 6, 500 union workers, or a total of 2, 100 workers, have been expected to join the strike as the Parcel Delivery Workers’ Solidarity Union said about 92.3 percent of its members agreed to participate.
The strike was planned on Tuesday following the union’s meeting with the government and logistics firms regarding the stalled implementation of an agreement.
Companies, as stated in the agreement, said they will give extra employees who will be tasked to arrange parcels and other obligations. This can lessen the work of delivery employees who have been burdened in sorting the packages before delivery, without getting paid to do so.
“Logistics firms must take responsibility for sorting parcels, which has been free labor, and immediately implement the overwork prevention measures,” a union official lamented.
The union has declined to do the sorting since Monday. They came to work late to avoid the task and to only deliver the parcels.
“Logistics companies and the postal service have gained enormous benefits for decades by forcing delivery workers to sort parcels,” one of the union officials said.
“By asking to delay the implementation of the overwork prevention measures by one year, they are saying they will continue to subject workers to long work hours and the risk of death from overwork,” he furthered.
The union, logistics companies, and the government have come up with the January agreement following the death of 16 delivery workers last year seemingly because of overwork.
Logistic firms are being called by the agreement to pay delivery workers for their sorting task, as well as to mechanize the job.