Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has argued for the Royal Mail to be brought back into public ownership and warned that the Post Office is under increasing threat.
He won loud applause from delegates at the annual conference of the Communication Workers Union with a passionate defence of keeping post offices open and defending the universal postal service.
“The best thing would be for Royal Mail and the Post Office to be brought back together in public ownership, not the system of ownership we have at present.”
Mr Corbyn said the Post Office seemed to be under increasing threat, as more branches were franchised, hitting rural communities and access to services for older people as well as terms and conditions of workers.
Postal workers were the “lifeblood” of communities, regarded as a friend, he said, adding: Ïf we lose it and it breaks up and have fewer High Street post offices, we have lost something that pioneers fought for.
Finland’s postal service will be doing more than just delivering letters and parcels this summer – its workers will be mowing lawns, too.
The state-owned Posti company is offering a weekly grass cutting service, with customers able to choose either 30 minutes or 60 minutes of lawn-mowing time, the national broadcaster YLE reports.
It will only be available on Tuesdays, though, as the volume of post tends to be lighter than on other days, and customers will have to provide their own lawnmower. They’ll also have to be willing to pay 65 euros a month for the half-hour sessions.
Germany’s Deutsche Post is testing robots that could help postal workers cope with increasing numbers of parcels on their delivery rounds, a company manager said on Thursday.
“Robots could be used in deliveries in three to five years’ time,” Clemens Beckmann, head of innovation at the group’s parcel and letter division, said in an interview with Reuters. “The technology is there.
“The robots, which look like a table on wheels on which goods can be placed, would follow delivery workers, helping them to transport and carry heavy parcels. If the postie stops walking, the robot stops too, and it only starts again when they move on.
Dusseldorf (dpa) – The German postal service, Deutsche Post, plans to build its own electric delivery vans, dubbed the Streetscooter, with the first models expected to roll off production lines this year, the company said Saturday.
The first 2,000 vehicles are due to be manufactured in 2016, with the company gradually replacing its fleet of 30,000 delivery vans with the Streetscooter, Deutsche Post said, confirming an earlier report in Germany‘s Focus news magazine.
Streetscooter was founded as a start-up in 2010 as an offshoot from RWTH University in the border city of Aachen.
Deutsche Post took over the company a year and a half ago with the intention of using its know-how to build vehicles for postal deliverers.
Sweden’s postal service has announced its stamps will be turning rainbow to celebrate LGBT Pride.
PostNord, which is jointly-owned by the Swedish and Danish governments, announced the commemorative rainbow stamps this week.
Per Ljungberg of PostNord Sweden said: “By issuing a stamp with the Pride Flag, we want to emphasise the equal value of all people and the strength represented by people’s unique qualities and differences.