The reason given is the profitability of the company, according to a spokesperson speaking to the Mediahuis newspapers.
“The vast majority of the volume of packages – virtually 100% in fact – is carried on weekdays,” said Barbara Van Speybroeck. “Nothing will change for large enterprises, who don’t pass by the post office anyway.”
Packages brought to the post office on Saturday will now be dealt with only on Monday, with Tuesday the earliest possible delivery day.
The decision met with opposition from trade unions representing postal workers.
“There’s a crisis at Bpost,” said Jean-Pierre Nyns, director of the socialist CGSP public service union. “By cutting package deliveries from six days to five, they’re able to make savings on staff costs. That means fewer services for the customer. A grandmother who wants to send a package to her grand-child, or a small business who uses the Saturday service, will now have to wait until Tuesday for their package to arrive.”
The Brussels Times