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Crowe challenges An Post senior management and Dempsey over pay

12 June, 2006

Speaking today Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications Seán Crowe heavily criticised both An Post management and Minister for Communications Noel Dempsey for their "arrogant and unaccommodating approach regarding the outstanding pay issue involving rank and file An Post staff.

Deputy Crowe challenged An Post management "for not paying the cost of living increase due under Sustaining Progress to both staff and pensioners.

He said, "Both parties accepted the Labour Court Recommendations issued last November which stated that An Post should deal with the payments when it had found itself returned to a position of reasonable and sustainable profit. The fact that the company has somehow found the ability to pay significant bonuses to its Senior Managers while its loyal staff and pensioners have still not received their outstanding pay, ranging from €1,250 up to over €2,000 per worker raises serious questions about An Post management. Senior management pay themselves vast sums whilst the ordinary workers are still denied what is theirs.

"This situation is unacceptable and I am calling on Minister Dempsey to intervene to ensure that An Post Management satisfactorily resolve this issue. While An Post have cash reserves of over €180 million and have realised over €100 million from the sale of the SDS site, they still refuse to pay their staff what is owed to them.

"Ordinary An Post staff are still awaiting moneys due to them since 2004 whilst An Post Management are receiving annual payments in excess of €100,000.

"If, according to the company they are not in a position to pay increases owed to the workers, then the question need to be asked how come they are in a position to pay themselves?

"At a recent joint meeting between An Post management and the Union, management suggested that they may not be able to pay the workers what they are entitled to until 2011 at the earliest. This unacceptable response and unashamed reluctance makes a mockery of partnership agreement.

"When I tabled questions to the Minister for Communications Noel Dempsey on this matter the Ceann Comhairle rejected my questions stating that and I quote "The Minister has no official responsibility to Dáil Éireann for this matter which is one for the Board and management of An Post". However, with the state being the largest stakeholder in An Post, the Minister's inaction is unacceptable, he must have responsibility and a large onus is on him to resolve this scandalous issue and ensure that ordinary decent hard-working An Post staff receive the money owed to them as soon as possible". ENDS

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