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Sinn Féin calls for the re-instatement of 68 postal workers

26 January, 2005


Sinn Féin Communications spokesperson, Seán Crowe TD has called on the management of An Post to "pull back from the brink and immediately re-instate the 68 workers that were suspended on Monday."

The management suspended workers hours before a scheduled meeting with the Communication Workers Union at the Labour Relations Commission on Monday.

Speaking in Dublin this morning he said:

"On the 8th of December last the Minister encouraged the workers of An Post not to use industrial action in their fight against the closure of the SDS service, but to show faith in the mechanisms of the State and to use the Labour Relations Commission to resolve the dispute.

"On the back of this the Communications Workers Union went to the LRC and a meeting between management and the union was scheduled for Monday 24th of January. Three hours before the meeting was due to start the management pulled the rug from under the workers by proceeding with plans to relocate the SDS service and suspending workers who refused to co-operate.

"I call on the management to pull back from the brink and immediately re-instate the 68 workers that were suspended on Monday and enter into a talks process with the union in order to resolve the dispute.

"I also call on the Minister to use all his influence to have these workers re-instated and to encourage the management of An Post to show faith in the mechanisms of the state, as he has already asked the workers to do. The Minister cannot be seen to have double standards when dealing with such a sensitive issue."

In conclusion, Deputy Crowe said "Sinn Féin will raise this issue in the Dáil when it resumes today." ENDS

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