CWU calls for more investment in An Post

The Communications Workers Union has warned that An Post’s future is “seriously uncertain” without government investment to protect and maintain vital services.

Addressing the union’s biennial conference in Athlone, CWU general secretary Seán McDonagh said the financial impacts of Covid-19 had placed a huge burden on An Post.

“With at least €100 million needed to cover Covid-related losses over the past two years, the financial viability of the business will be difficult without the commitment of its government shareholder,” Mr McDonagh said.

“The government must step forward to protect and maintain the valuable and necessary public services provided by An Post,” he added.

More than 300 delegates attend the CWU conference on motions from several companies represented by the union, including An Post, eir, Vodafone and UPS.

The CWU is expressing concern over eir’s plans to sell its fiber optic access network, describing it as the backbone of Ireland’s communications infrastructure.

The union voiced support for the National Broadband Plan, but said as contracts are awarded by National Broadband Ireland, the pay and conditions of workers who build the networks must be protected.

The CWU also said it would support the efforts of workers at tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook and Google who want to organize and join a union to represent their interests.

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