An Post workers set up action group and vow to fight Little Island closure

An Post workers set up action group and vow to fight Little Island closure

AN POST staff have set up an action group to fight the company’s decision to close the mail centre in Little Island.

The decision was taken at a meeting of 100 workers held in the Vienna Woods Hotel.

The group, named the Cork Mail Centre Action Group, is organising a peaceful protest demonstration for Saturday, July 20.

The move comes after An Post announced the Little Island centre will close in the coming months, affecting around 240 people and causing 216 job losses.

Workers in the Cork Mail Centre cried when they were informed of the decision last month, with many facing redundancy.

An Post, Little Island
An Post, Little Island

Last week, the Dáil voted to support reversing An Post’s decision to close the Little Island centre.

John Aherne, spokesperson for the action group, said it is calling on the Government and the company to respect the Dáil vote.

“We fail to see the necessity of closing a strategically placed hub when An Post is experiencing a major boom in the parcel market,” he explained.

“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 mail centre and the jobs.

“Staff at Cork Mail Centre have decided to set up an action group to fight the closure and defend our jobs.”

Staff at the centre had told The Echo that the prospect of closure had been hanging over three mail centres — Cork, Portlaoise, and Athlone — for the past two years since An Post brought in outside consultants who recommended the closure of a centre.

An Post said that the closure of the Cork branch will be phased between September 2019 and March 2020 and staff will be offered exit packages or possible redeployment opportunities within An Post’s networks in the Cork area.

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