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Urgent talks needed in Postal dispute- Mc Cartney

6 July, 2007



Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said he is disappointed that Royal Mail has refused to engage in fresh negotiations with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in efforts to avert the second planned stoppage next week. The strike will begin at 7.00pm on 12th July and will end the following day

Mr McCartney said

"Its disappointing that Royal Mail has refused to engage in fresh negotiations the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in efforts to avert the second stoppage next week.

"The CWU have put a number of proposals on the table to Royal Mail which they feel can move the situation forward and that changes could be introduced in a way that genuinely benefits customers, the workforce and the company"

"The CWU have said the next strike can be avoided if Royal Mail agree to engage in meaningful negotiations covering several issues .

Modernising the company and improving efficiency by taking the workforce with them

Delivering on commitments to permanently raise the value and status of postal workers' jobs.


Agreeing a resolution to pension issues.


Working together to face up to the challenges of competition.

"If there was agreement to go into immediate negotiations around the issues outlined by the Union they have said that they would recommend to their Executive to call off next weeks planned strike action.

"I hope Royal Mail bosses take them up on their offer and get back into talks as ultimately all sides will lose if this strike action escalates"

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