The Mailman and the Mail deliverer
Installation with sound, loop 15 min., microphone stands, textile, bw prints, speakers.
Installation view: To the Reader, BAK, Utrecht, 2013.
Extract of the sound; a recording of a mailman and a mail deliverer performing the melody from the commercial Waar staat PostNL in 2017? Where will PostNL be in 2017?
The Mailman, detail.
Prints; a copy of the collective labour agreement for traditional full time employed postal workers in the Dutch post, an agreement of 104 pages.
The Mail deliverer, detail.
Prints; a copy of the collective labour agreement for Mail deliverers in the Dutch post, an agreement of 28 pages.
"The elimination of the traditional postal worker job in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, PostNL has dramatically shifted positions from traditional postal workers to mail deliverers on part-time contracts... PostNL has expanded the number of mail deliverers to replace traditional postal workers. These workers earn close to the minimum wage with low wage increase increments. They have a lower pension than traditional postal workers, vacation days that are one above the statutory minimum and some limited bike repair compensation. Barely any of the workers are unionised though there is a collective agreement in place." From, Postal liberalisation, a report by UNI Global Union.