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Sinn Féin T.D. concerned that Minister is ignoring mismanagement at An Post

17 August, 2004

Speaking in support of An Post workers from Drogheda who are protesting today Sinn Fein T.D. for Louth, Arthur Morgan, demanded that the Minster for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Dermot Ahern, urgently investigate serious concerns regarding mismanagement at An Post. Staff in Drogheda are protesting at An Post's ban on recruitment which is being used by An Post in Drogheda to prevent staff who have been an long term sick leave from returning to work,

Deputy Morgan said, "There has been a inexplicably and dramatic decline in the profitability of an Post in recent years. This cannot be allowed to go un-addressed. I am calling on Minister Dermot Ahern to instigate an investigation into the management of An Post with particular emphasis on the role of the board of management.

"The sinister interpretation of the recruitment ban by management locally who have refused to allow workers who have been an long term sick leave to return to work is creating extreme hardship for those workers who do not qualify for benefits. This is another example of bad management at An Post which is demonstrated through their attitude towards their workforce.

"It has to be asked if management at An Post are purposely running the company into the ground with the intention of proposing a management buy-out." ENDS

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