Union urges postal workers to accept proposals
The union representing workers at the centre of a row which halted the country's postal service for days is recommending to its members that they accept proposals aimed at resolving the dispute.
Independent industrial relations mediator Phil Flynn yesterday put forward a number of proposals in relation to revised shift patterns and pay levels to the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and An Post contractor IO Systems. The CWU will ballot its members on these on Saturday.
The dispute, which occurred earlier this month and lasted for several days, was in relation to roster changes and different shift patterns for 36 IO Systems employees.
The staff who went on strike were contractors who worked in An Post's four mail sorting centres in Dublin, Athlone, Cork and Portlaoise, where they maintained automated sorting equipment.
The union claimed that the changes to shift patterns resulted in a loss of earnings of up to 22pc for some workers.
A CWU spokesperson yesterday said that Mr Flynn's proposals includes "revised shift patterns and pay levels including shift premiums". The proposal also refers "one outstanding item to the Labour Court for binding determination on the level of shift premium that should prevail from September 2016".
"It is also agreed that any matters of interpretation of Mr Flynn's recommendations will be referred by the parties back to Mr Flynn for clarification," added the spokesperson.
A document was circulated to CWU members last night which said the "complex dispute" involved "considerable interaction" which was "conducted in an earnest and constructive manner".