The chairman of the board of VAS “Latvijas pasts”, Beāte Krauze-Čebotare, rejects accusations about the excessive cost or ineffectiveness of the employees’ ball.
Commenting on the recent statements of Transport Minister Kaspars Briškens (P) about the “unacceptable wastefulness” of the event, Krauze-Čebotare told the LETA agency that, taking into account the drop in demand for traditional postal services, the year 2024 will be challenging for the company’s operations, but even under these conditions, in her opinion, it is important to thank postal workers for their work and the results achieved.
She pointed out that in previous years, the best employees were honored in a smaller circle, but the management has taken into account the suggestions of the employees last year to organize the welcoming ceremony in the circle of the whole team.
Krauze-Čebotare said that the estimate for the event is 145 thousand euros without value added tax (VAT), and in her opinion, the costs are appropriate for a festive event without exaggeration. The main costs are room rent, concert program, technical support and catering services.
“The cost does not include fireworks, alcohol, or other similar elements. Thus, I reject any accusations about the excessive cost or inefficiency of this event,” Krause-Cebotare said.
The manager of “Latvijas pasta” explained that the competition “My postman 2023” has been held for years, and the organization of the project has always been supported by the Ministry of Transport (MoT).
This time, too, the event was planned in the 2023 budget, as well as included in the joint communication activity plan of joint stock companies for 2024.
Krauze-Čebotare has personally invited Brišken to this event, but due to an international business trip, the Minister of Transport has decided not to participate in the event.
The celebratory event will take place today, and the winners of the “My Postman 2023” contest will be awarded, for which customers, evaluating the receipt of postal services in 2023, gave the most positive feedback.
The company will also honor the best couriers, customer support specialist and package handling operator. The best employees will be greeted by Krauze-Čebotare and Raimonds Dūda, chairman of the board of “Latvijas pasta”.
832 employees from all over Latvia will participate in the event, and the ball with such a large number is being organized for the first time in 16 years.
LETA already announced that Briškens has initiated a service check against the management of VAS “Latvijas pasts” for holding an employee ball.
The Minister of Transport notes on social networks that measures are necessary for employees, but their costs must be adjusted to the company’s financial capabilities.
Also reported, the management of “Latvijas pasta” emphasizes that the company is in a very difficult financial situation, therefore extensive work optimization measures were planned, including the plan to close 105 out of 176 post offices this year. This plan was suspended by the leadership of the Ministry of Transport under public pressure.
The turnover of “Latvijas pasta” in 2022 was 100.009 million euros, which is 5.1% less than in 2021, and the company also worked with a profit of 2.21 million euros, as opposed to losses the year before.
“Latvijas pasts” ensures the availability of postal services throughout the territory of Latvia. The main function of the company is the provision of universal postal service, in addition to providing commercial transport, express mail, payment, press, retail and philatelic services. “Latvijas pasts” is a fully state-owned company with approximately 2,300 employees.