Wednesday 21 March 2018

Relief for businesses as An Post row suspended

Mail deliveries should return to normal later this week
Mail deliveries should return to normal later this week
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

The postal system will return to normal after workers in An Post's sorting centres suspended industrial action, which has caused chaos for the past three days.

Up to 36 workers employed by IO Systems, the contractors in An Post's four mail-sorting centres, had been on strike since midnight last Friday.

The dispute stemmed from a row with the company's bosses over pay and new rostering arrangements.

However, after an intervention by independent mediator Phil Flynn, the workers have agreed to suspend the action and return to work while the talks continue this afternoon.

The Small Firms Association (SFA) last night welcomed the move.

But it called upon the Government to take measures to ensure this situation doesn't reoccur.

"The action was unnecessary and has caused severe disruption to Ireland's 200,000 small businesses," SFA director Patricia Callan added.

The Communications Workers' Union said its members will be "reinstated in their jobs at their agreed wage levels and rostering arrangements".

An Post welcomed this news last night, after a full day of talks, and said customers can resume posting letters and parcels today.

However, it warned that it will take a number of days to restore the normal quality of service levels for mail.

Other services which had employed contingency measures during the four-day dispute, including the Passport Express service, have all resumed as normal.

Irish Independent

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