Dáil Éireann - Volume 608 - 26 October, 2005

Written Answers. - Industrial Relations.

  171. Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the discussions he has had with An Post in regard to ensuring that their staff and pensioners are awarded their full entitlements under the national partnership agreements Sustaining Progress; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30801/05]

  Mr. N. Dempsey: I refer the Deputy to a reply I gave to similar questions posed by Deputies Coveney and Durkan on 12 October, Questions Nos. 229, 175 and 256. An Post is a commercial company and the question of pay increases in the company is one in which I have no function.

I would like to update the Deputy on recent developments on industrial relations in the company. The ballot for industrial action, put to the union membership, closed on 21 October. Subsequently, the union served the company with 14 days’ strike notice. The precise nature of any industrial action has not been announced.