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Sinn Féin meet with Communications Worker Union ahead of one day strike

7 December, 2004

Sinn Féin Councillor Joe Reilly recently met with two local representatives of the Communication Workers Union at their request.

Afterwards he said:

"The CWU members briefed Sinn Fein on the present state of industrial relations within An Post. The representatives pointed out that the workers had attempted to work with the company but that they now have little confidence in the present management. They believe that the management proposals will restructure the postal system beyond recognition and will have a detrimental effect on the collection and delivery by An Post".

"They also raised concern at the decision to close the SDS service in Feb 2005. They believe that the service is viable, should remain and its closure will have a huge impact on a large number of small businesses who depend on the service".

"For my part I agreed to request Sinn Fein TD's to ask Minister Dempsey to refer the issue of the financial state of An Post to the Public Accounts Committee in the Dail. The CWU are confused as to how an outgoing CEO of An Post could announce a 1m Euro profit while the incoming CEO declares that the company is 46m euro in debt. No safisfacory answer has been given to these two contradictory statements".

"The workers representative also assured me that there would be the least possible disruption to the public on their one-day strike" ENDS

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