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Sinn Féin call for direct talks to end postal dispute

27 July, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has appealed for Royal Mail to get into direct talks with the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) as union members step up their industrial action.

Mr McCartney said

"I am appealing to Royal Mail to get into direct dialogue with The Communication Workers' Union (CWU).The CWU has announced new dates for further industrial action meaning there will be two weeks of continuous disruption to mail services.

"This weeks strike will call out separate functions of Royal Mail operations on different days and the timing is aimed at maximising the impact on mail deliveries. If the there is no negotiations between Royal Mail and the CWU in relation to this dispute we could see the Union announcing a further programme of strike action no later than Monday 30th July.

"If this dispute is not resolved and continues in the weeks ahead everyone will lose. Royal Mail will lose millions in revenue and contracts, the members of the CWU will be losing wages which no worker can afford in this day and age. The public and business community will also be severely hit with disruption to postal services so its of paramount importance there is a resolution to this dispute and that both sides can come to agreement around the issues of modernisation, protection of jobs and pay levels.

"This dispute will only be resolved through dialogue and the sooner the Royal Mail and the CWU embark on that procedure the sooner we will find a resolution that all parties can agree on." ENDS

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