Cork City Council calls on government to halt Cork Mail Centre closure

Cork City Council calls on government to halt Cork Mail Centre closure
Postal workers marching in protest against the closure of the Little Island mail centre. Picture: David Creedon / Anzenberger

Cork City Council passed a motion last night, demanding the government to intervene in the closure of An Post's Little Island Mail Centre in Cork.

Cllr Fiona Ryan put the motion forward, saying that the council need to protect these workers.

"It's a very disappointing development… that we are facing the likely closure of the Cork mail centre."

Last Friday, the Communications Workers' Union, which represents the Little Island Centre's workers, declined to say whether they would oppose the closure specifically. Instead, they said they would support staff with their redundancies or redeployments.

"It's a disgrace that the CWU did not back [the workers] and fight," said Cllr Ryan.

"I think it's a serious mistake, not just for the workers in the Cork mail centre, but also for our public services full stop."

"The closing of the Cork mail centre and the axing of the 240 jobs is just the start."

Speaking about An Post's plans to invest over €15m in parcel infrastructure across Cork over the next three years, Cllr Ryan said that new workers in a potential parcel hub could see "lower wages and worse conditions."

"The closure of Cork is just the first step along the road to one mega mail centre, handling all letters and parcels, heavily automated with the smallest workforce possible," added the Solidarity/People Before Profit councillor.

Cllr Ted Tynan of the Worker's Party supported the motion. "The Union involved have totally sold out their members. They should be defending the centre as a publicly owned facility… and the 200 odd jobs."

"It should not ever have been considered as a 'viable operation'. It's there as a public service, and has given tremendous service to the people of Cork and the rest of the country for many years."

"The good old days of these companies, who were formed to provide vital public services where the private sector failed to do so, are gone. They're now being picked off and primed for privatisation."

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