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Social dialogue in this sector covers postal and courier activities.
The EU postal services sector employs about 1.7 m people (Eurostat, EU Labour Force Survey data for 2014) in some 60,000 enterprises (Eurostat, 2013 Business Statistics). As a result of ongoing restructuring, jobs have been shed and postal workers' skill sets have changed, as have the skills postal operators need.
Postal services have been gradually liberalised since the late 1990s, with full market opening in all EU countries from early 2013. Change is being driven by technological innovation and the fall in letter-mail volumes due to the rise in electronic communication. Postal companies have had to review their business processes, invest in ICT and diversify into areas such as financial services and logistics. Parcel delivery is also a key growth area.
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