Delivery company lays off all delivery workers

31.07.2020 - 14:01
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 Mynd: Birgir Þór Harðarson - RÚV
Póstdreifing, a private distribution company owned by the publishers of both Morgunblaðið and Fréttablaðið newspapers, has laid off all 304 of its delivery staff. Most will be offered new positions with the company under a different contract, CEO Kristín Björk Einarsdóttir says.

Kristín says it was very difficult to have needed to take such drastic measures, but adds there was no other option. The company is restructuring and most delivery workers will be offered new positions under different working arrangements. 

The lay-offs take effect from 1st August and most have a three-month notice period until 1st November. The company will contact the staff it wishes to offer new positions to within one month from the start of August. 

“These are paper delivery people who work routes in the capital region and in Akureyri and are people of all ages from 15 up to in their 70s and most have three months’ notice,” Kristín told RÚV. 

She says it has proven essential to start cost-cutting at the company: “It’s necessary to take these actions. At this difficult time, it is necessary to look into every corner. Hopefully we can re-employ most under different working arrangements and working hours, which we are working towards.” 

As well as delivering Fréttablaðið and Morgunblaðið, Póstdreifing also distributes smaller local papers and advertising materials. 

Kristín says that the current working arrangements are losing too much money thanks to the coronavirus crisis that has hit the advertising sector hard. “I don’t expect any disruption to our services and believe deliveries will continue as normal,” Kristín adds. 

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