Minister must withdraw disgraceful threat demands Crowe
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Sean Crowe TD has called on
Minister for Communications Noel Dempsey to withdraw his threats to the
union on deregulating the postal service should they take industrial
action and instead intervene constructively with the
management to secure a fair resolution of the matter.
Speaking today Deputy Crowe said, “The demands of the workers at An Post are no more than what they are entitled to under the National Partnership Agreement. That Minister Dempsey should now be issuing disgraceful threats to them should they take industrial action to secure these entitlements is all the more outrageous given the fact that the Government is the sole shareholder in the company. It is now obvious that the Government and the Business interests it represents have contempt for the Social Partnership and only used it while it suited them.
“Minister Dempsey may say that it was the labour court that recommended the 5% An Post have paid the workers out of the 12.5% they were owed under the cost of living increase. However, the fact is that it was An Post who took the case to the Labour Court and they did so under a non-binding agreement. In fact management openly stated that if the labour court awarded too much they would not pay. They also refused to show the court their bank accounts. Under these circumstances why should the Unions be bound by the Labour Court ruling?” ENDS