The Sloga Post Office Trade Union warns that “the vast majority of post office workers in Serbia, contrary to what the country’s officials claim, are struggling a lot to have a normal life on their salaries.
According to Sloga, post office employees in Serbia work in inhuman conditions and are not provided with sufficient means to work (paper, toner, proper uniform, means of transport).
“We are not ashamed to say that our biggest problem is hunger; a salary of around 50,000 dinars, which is below the national average and insufficient for a normal life considering the living costs and daily inflation. Serbian Post Office claims that, in the first quarter of this year, the company’s income was 10% higher than in the same period last year, and we wonder where that money went,’ workers say.
The union adds that the workers are on the verge of burnout. Due to lack of manpower, they are forced to deliver mail in one and a half areas designated to each mailman, i.e. they are given 50% more work than usual. Also, Post Express couriers, who normally made 50 deliveries a day, now do 100. On the other hand, 20,000 people have applied to work at the post office,” Sloga added.
The trade union also said that workers are moved between branches to cover for the lack of staff, while employees who work at post office counters do so an extra hour every day, on weekends and in shifts.
“Mailmen working in rural areas, the so-called wider delivery areas, are pressured to use their mopeds and bicycles of questionable quality and they have to maintain them at their own expense,” the union concluded.
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