One million parcels and three million letters will probably only reach their recipients with some delay: the warning strikes at the post office were shifted to the delivery staff on Saturday.

The Verdi union is continuing its warning strikes at Deutsche Post – with noticeable consequences: On Saturday, around three million letters were affected by the work stoppages, the group said. That corresponds to about six percent of the average daily amount. In the case of parcels, around one million shipments are affected and thus around 15 percent of the average daily volume.

“Since the level of participation in the strikes in the individual regions and locations varies, the effects will also vary accordingly,” the company explained. In some cases, letters and parcels could only be delivered “with a few days’ delay”. In addition to the warning strikes, “in some regions the difficult weather conditions caused by the onset of winter” caused restrictions.

According to the Post, around 9,400 employees responded to the call for a strike on Saturday, “just over a third of the employees currently present today”. The warning strikes began on Thursday afternoon.

In the collective bargaining conflict, Verdi is demanding 15 percent more money and an increase in training allowances for a period of one year. Deutsche Post rejected this as unfinanceable. The next round of negotiations is scheduled for February 8th and 9th.