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Resolution needed to avert Post Office Strike

8 June, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said he hopes that there will be a resolution to the pay dispute between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU). His calls comes after the CWU rejected a 2.5% pay offer and workers balloted for industrial action and serious concerns were raised over Royal Mail's business plan and the impact that will have on jobs.

Mr. McCartney said:

"I hope that both Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) can sit down and reach an agreement to prevent the strike as soon possible. It is clear that the workers feel that the 2.5% wage increase on offer is not enough and we have seen that this week with an overwhelming majority of workers voting to back the Union call for industrial action.

"There has also been deep concerns that Royal Mail's business plans will include 40,000 job losses, later deliveries, reductions in collections, reductions in weekend services, the closure of delivery offices and mail centers and the destruction of the rural and much of the main post office network.

"Sinn Féin have been expressing concerns for some time that this was going to happen and that running down local postal services in this way can have severe consequences for rural communities.

"Deliberate Government policy and dogma is the actual reason that many local Offices are now considered unviable. It is the inevitable result of government action in running down many of the services that where once the mainstay of the post offices, not the loss of the traditional customer base." ENDS

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