FinnishNews just wrote an article about the Finnish Post Office – how they are having to cut postal services down to 4 days in the 7 day week and now they are being told that they can also delay the delivery of ordinary letters even more.
Is this what we want? Is this the kind of service that meets our needs and expectation because many people I know receive documents and magazines in the post that are far too important for some “digital solution”?
One example are ordinary magazines with over 100 pages from the UK and Europe that come in envelopes. Already Talouselämä, a weekly economics magazine, is often late 3 days, and the recipient lives in the middle of Helsinki. It is meant to arrive on Friday but arrives often on Mon´day or Tuesday. Nobody want to read them in digital form, they are too long.
We also receive packages of books and other bulky material. Private companies are paid to deliver but do not deliver conveniently. The delivery time and date is seldom respected and they ask for 4 hour periods in the morning or afternoon when everybody is at work. That means that you have to pick it up from some shop or post office after finding and paying for parking and then having to carry it home, even though you have paid once already for this service!
If you read the rationale for the new law it says that 54% of all Finns accept 3 day delivery! That is a study made by Taloustutkimus Oy.
Now looking more closely what does this mean and who says that 54% of all Finns agree to 3 day delivery?
Here are the answers:
The new Postal law says that 50% of all letters shouId be delivered within 4 days and 97% within 5 days. With a 4 day week can somebody please explain how that is possible? This type of law weakens the post office customer base and strengthens the hand of DHL, UPS, Federal Express and other privately-owned distribution companies.
Finally the new Postal Law says that people living in the countryside (Center Party voters) will continue to enjoy a 5 day postal service… Hmmm, what about us folk in town? We represent 80% of the population, and postal delivery is far more cost-efficient in town that in the middle of sparsely populated forests. Urban dwellers are thus financing country folks’ postal services – no thank you. If they want to live there then they should pay up and not expect free handouts. The cost of housing is a fraction of Helsinki’s.
It seems strange that there appears to be this built in opposition to good publicly-owned service companies in favour of across-the-board privatisation, and it is even stranger that a Taloustutkimus gallup conveniently appears each time to support these measures.