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Selling SDS Service a complete sell-out by An Post

29 July, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications Seán Crowe TD said this morning's news that An Post was to close its SDS service was "a complete sellout " adding that it "would not improve the overall viability of the company."

Deputy Crowe said:

"An Post ran into serious difficulties last year and came to an agreement with workers which now seems was stillborn. Having made a commitment to improve the SDS service, they actually did the opposite and made the service even less competitive and more cumbersome for customers to use. The service has not improved and the management has been engaging in a sort of 'remote control management' style, with absolutely no consideration for their workforce, many of whom have been with them for decades. Selling the SDS division is simply engaging in asset-stripping and it will not improve the overall viability of the company. Stripping an essential component of the company sends the wrong message to the workers.

"I have to ask Minister Dermot Ahern what, if anything, he has managed to achieve over the past year in helping to resolve the difficulties within An Post? I want to know what his views are on the redundancies thrust upon theseworkers and, particularly, I want to hear what will be the fate of the 'owner drivers' who took the brave leap last year of leasing vans under a new contract scheme which promised them a three year deal. What will now become of this deal?

"The management may want to concentrate on their core business of delivering letters but An Post has a universal obligation to deliver parcels, both within and outside Ireland regardless. What service will we now have to ensure people can continue to receive the traditional parcels from loved ones abroad?"ENDS

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