Thursday 22 March 2018

Postal crisis ends as An Post union agrees to suspend workers' action

The strike had crippled services
The strike had crippled services

Emma-Jane Hade

The postal crisis appears to have come to an end, as the union representing workers who were on strike in An Post’s sorting centres have agreed to suspend industrial action.

Thirty-six workers, who supervise and maintain the sorting machines , were employed by An Post as contractors from firm IO Systems.

The dispute centred around a new rostering arrangement and workers had been on strike since midnight last Friday.

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) said they were suffering a loss of earnings as a result of the new roster, which required them work five days of eight-hour shifts instead of seven days of 12-hour shifts.

Workers have today agreed to suspend the action, and the CWU have said that IO Systems have confirmed through a mediator, Phil Flynn, that  they will be “reinstated in their jobs at their agreed wage levels and rostering arrangements”.

“The union understands that talks are being arranged through Phil Flynn involving IO Systems for tomorrow afternoon,” their statement read.

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“We welcome the decision of the Company to re-instate its workers to their agreed rostering arrangements and wage levels,” Steve Fitzpatrick, CWU General Secretary, said.

“As we have consistently stated, we are prepared to engage, but only on the basis that workers at IO Systems have their jobs restored to their agreed wage levels and rosters.

“We are also prepared to back Phil Flynn’s intervention in good faith. However, we hope that IO Systems, or indeed An Post management, don’t squander the opportunity that is being presented.”

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