An Post staff launch campaign to save more than 200 jobs
STAFF at the An Post mail centre in Cork which faces imminent closure have launched a campaign to try and save more than 200 jobs.
An Post confirmed last month that it would close its Little Island mail centre with the loss of 216 of the 240 jobs located there.
The company said the Cork plant was operating at just 25pc capacity as mail volumes decline by about 7pc per year due to customers moving from letters to parcels and e-commerce.
The planned closure will be phased between September 2019 and March 2020.
However, staff have now established a special action group in a bid to fight the closure and save their jobs.
The Cork Mail Centre Action Group (CMCAG) was founded after a meeting of 100 workers and a special protest rally will be staged on Saturday, July 20 to highlight their campaign.
"All An Post workers and members of the public will be invited to attend this demonstration," a CMCAG spokespersons said.
"We fail to see the necessity of closing a strategically placed hub when An Post is experiencing a major boom in the parcel market.
"We are calling on An Post and the Government to respect the decision of the Dáil which voted overwhelmingly last week to support saving the Cork Mail Centre and the jobs."
Workers said it was "beyond belief" that any business could consider closing such a centre in Ireland's second city which is forecast for major population growth over the next 25 years.
But An Post insisted the closure was unavoidable given the challenging market it faces.
Under the planned closure, some 216 jobs of the 240 positions involved at the centre will be lost.
An Post is offering staff involved an exit package of six weeks pay per year of service up a maximum of two years pay.
Further, An Post has also offered possible redeployment opportunities within their networks in the Cork area.
"The €11m annual savings from the plant closure will enable An Post to invest more rapidly in its parcels infrastructure nationally, locally and in the automation of parcel sorting," a spokesperson for An Post explained.
"Parcel volumes have grown by 60pc since An Post actively re-entered the parcels market in 2017.
"An Post plans to invest over €15m in parcels infrastructure across Cork City and the wider region over the next three years."