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Need for speedy settlement to Post Office dispute

22 June, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said he is disappointed that Royal Mail and the Communications Workers Union (CWU) have failed to reach an agreement over the current pay dispute which could now lead to a one day strike next Friday 29th June, with further dates planned.

Mr McCartney said

"I have been warning over recent weeks that failure to reach an agreement on the current pay deal being offered to Royal Mail staff could lead to strike action.

"The recent ballot in which workers gave a large mandate to back taking industrial action in pursuit of a better pay offer showed the depth of feeling within the workforce. Royal Mail staff have also expressed fears of wide spread job losses across all sectors of the business.

"I am disappointed that an agreement couldn't have been reached and removed the need for next weeks planned 24-hour strike. I would appeal to both Royal Mail and the CWU to get back around the table and hopefully avert this strike .The CWU have said that it remains committed to reaching an agreement and has given Royal Mail a further week to conclude a deal before any strike action becomes necessary.

"No one can afford any protracted disruption to Postal services, small businesses, hospital appointments, holiday travel plans all could be affected if this strike was to escalate and that is something no one wants to see happen." ENDS

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