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15
10
2014

Eesti Post is raising the wages of first-level workers

Today, Eesti Post AS, Estonian Communication and Service Workers´ Trade Union and Estonian Transport and Road Workers' Trade Union signed a salary clause of the collective agreement, which will give an average of 6% raise to the salary of first-level workers, starting from the following year.

„I'm happy that first and foremost the rise in salary will be affecting employees with lowest wages. Of course, the wages of such employees still won't be as we would like but this will be a step in the right direction,“ said the Chairman of the Board of Eesti Post AS, Aavo Kärmas.

During the negotiations concerning the collective agreement, Eesti Post AS and trade unions agreed that starting from the January of the new year, the wages of first-level workers will be increased by an average of 5.8%. In addition, they agreed upon the terms of the collective agreement for the following three years. While it was agreed to increase the wages by 4% in the previous year, then in reality the increase of salary for first-level employees was 5.3% and within the last three years, wages have been increased almost by 18%.

According to Kärmas, the negotiations were intense but constructive. „All in all, we share the same objectives with our partners. We wish to value our good workers and enact the role of a supportive employer,“ Kärmas said.

The Chairman of the Board of Estonian Communication and Service Workers´ Trade Union, Kadri Kangur expressed her satisfaction over negotiations going by in a laborious mood and an agreement being reached after finding the middle ground. “Our wishes exceeded the opportunities of the company, so we agreed that we'll focus on first-level employees. Those are the positions with lowest wages and that needs to change. We agreed with the employer that biggest raise in salary, 6% and more, will happen for mailmen and client service clerks,“ Kangur explained.

The head of Transport and Road Workers' Trade Union, Jaan-Hendrik Toomel, assured that they're also happy with the final agreement. “We're pleased to know that the agreement was reached on the raise in wages of couriers. When looking at the whole development and situation of the work force of transport sector, this is extremely important.”

The collective agreement concluded between Eesti Post AS and trade unions will stay in force for three years. Terms of the collective agreement will equally apply to members of trade unions and employees who don't have a membership.

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