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Minister must take action on An Post

13 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Communications spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has called for an eleventh hour intervention in the An Post dispute. Deputy Crowe described the crisis as "yet another indictment of Social Partnership, following on the heels of the Irish Ferries scandal."

Speaking today he said, "I am calling on the Minister for Communications Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey, to make an eleventh hour intervention with the management of An Post with a view to them fulfilling their obligations to pay its staff and pensioners the rises due to them under 'Sustaining Progress'. If there is to be any future social partnership agreements it is essential that a company in which the Government is the majority stakeholder does not renege on it's obligations.

"I am extremely concerned by the allegations that the management of An Post have tried to run down the national postal service and it's failure to fulfil it's universal obligations by allowing deliveries, particularly in Dublin, to remain undelivered for up to a week. This is mainly due to the policy of a three-year ban on recruitment. The situation at An Post is yet another indictment of Social Partnership following on the heels of the Irish Ferries scandal, that the Minister has allowed some of the lowest paid workers in the public service to be treated so shamefully speaks volumes for this Government's commitment to the partnership process." ENDS

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