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Crowe supports postal workers demand for inquiry in to management of An Post

8 December, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Seán Crowe TD, has called for a full public debate and inquiry in to the crisis at An Post, which has led to today's State-wide stoppage by postal workers. Deputy Crowe made his comments at today's protest rally by postal workers in Dublin saying, "There are serious questions that need to be answered in relation to the management of An Post since it was established."

Deputy Crowe said, "The postal service is one of the key and essential service provided by the State and owned and paid for by the people. It is an essential element of the social and economic infrastructure of the State, which must be supported."

"There are serious questions that need to be answered in relation to the role of both the Government and the Management of An Post since it was established in 1984. Why for example has there has been little or no investment in the company in that time? Why was the company allowed to go for eleven years without a price increase for services? Why would you scale down your parcel service when that is the one area of the postal delivery business that shows the best signs for potential growth? And crucially, why in 2003 did An Post forecast a profit of €1 million for that year but three months later a new CEO said there would be a loss of €46 million? None of this makes any sense and needs to be rigorously investigated.

"It would appear that many of the ills that are affecting An Post today can be derived from the actions or inactions of management and indeed the indifference of the Government in relation to providing a universal postal service across the state. Are the working together to destroy the postal service, is the question on many peoples lips today. It certainly looks that way."

"It is not good enough that postal workers are the ones being asked to pay the price. It is absolutely unacceptable that they are still being denied their rightful cost of living increases provided for in the Partnership Agreement, Sustaining Progress. The Government must step in and ensure that at the very least this agreement is honoured." ENDS

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