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Minister must withdraw disgraceful threat demands Crowe

14 October, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Sean Crowe TD has called on Minister for Communications Noel Dempsey to withdraw his  threats  to  the  union on deregulating the postal service should they take  industrial  action  and  instead  intervene  constructively  with the management to secure a fair resolution of the matter.

Speaking  today  Deputy  Crowe said, “The demands of the workers at An Post are  no  more than what they are entitled to under the National Partnership Agreement.  That Minister Dempsey should now be issuing disgraceful threats to  them should they take industrial action to secure these entitlements is all  the  more  outrageous  given  the fact that the Government is the sole shareholder  in the company.  It is now obvious that the Government and the Business  interests  it represents have contempt for the Social Partnership and only used it while it suited them.

“Minister Dempsey may say that it was the labour court that recommended the 5%  An Post have paid the workers out of the 12.5% they were owed under the cost  of living increase. However, the fact is that it was An Post who took the case to the Labour Court and they did so under a non-binding agreement. In  fact management openly stated that if the labour court awarded too much they  would  not  pay.   They  also  refused  to  show the court their bank accounts.   Under these circumstances why should the Unions be bound by the Labour Court ruling?” ENDS

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