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CWU votes for strike action at An Post

21 October 2005 15:16
The Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey, has said that strike action at An Post could mean an earlier than intended end to its monopoly on the distribution of letters.

Earlier this afternoon it emerged that the Communications Workers Union has voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action.

As yet, the union has not specified what form the industrial action will take so it is impossible to assess the potential level of disruption.

Speaking earlier on RTÉ Radio’s News At One, Mr Dempsey said the CWU’s decision is a disappointing one and very bad news to the company’s customers.

90% of CWU members those polled voted in favour of industrial action. The turn out was also 90%.

The union will serve two weeks’ notice of industrial action later today.

The row arises from both An Post’s plea of inability to pay national wage increases because of its dire financial situation and the company’s bid in separate negotiations to secure major work practice and cost cutting reforms in its collection and delivery service.

Unions had argued that the two issues were unrelated.

However, after a major company review by a team of experts, the Labour Court recommended that the pay and change issues be linked, with full payment of national wage rises for all staff conditional on significant cost cutting concessions by postal workers.

An Post accepted the recommendation, but the CWU argued that the changes demanded placed an excessive burden on its members.

Smaller unions apply for LC hearing

Meanwhile, RTÉ News has learned that two smaller unions at An Post will formally apply to the Labour Court for an early hearing to secure payment of overdue National Wage increases.

In a significant development, leaders of the CPSU, which represents 400 lower grade administrative staff, and the AHCPS, which represents 200 senior managers, attended an informal meeting at the Labour Court this morning.

The unions argue that despite agreeing work practice reforms in their sectors up to two years ago, they are being refused overdue Sustaining Progress increases until postal workers deliver significant cost cutting reforms in the collection and delivery service.

It is understood that the two unions feel their members at An Post are effectively being held to ransom by the Communications Workers Union’s rejection of a Labour Court recommendation on change in the collection and delivery service.

Well if they didn’t have to deliver to such an ever more dispersed customer base they wouldn’t be losing so much money and would be able to honour national wage agreements and wouldn’t suffer strikes.

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