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Maintenance workers in An Post sorting depots urged to accept pay proposals

Union bosses have urged maintenance workers in An Post's four sorting depots to accept proposals to resolve a long-running pay dispute.

Thirty-six staff at IO Systems, whose four day strike a fortnight ago crippled the country's postal network, are to vote this weekend on proposals for revised shift and premium wage rates.

A deal was offered after intense negotiations brokered by the industrial relations mediator Phil Flynn.

The Communications Workers' Union said it was recommending the staff back the plan.

The workers operate and maintain sorting machines in four mail centres in Dublin, Cork, Portlaoise and Athlone on a contract for An Post.

Their employer, IO Systems, offered talks on the pay and rostering dispute to agree a binding agreement after repeated efforts at industrial relations bodies failed to end the row.

In a letter to its members the CWU said: "The union is satisfied the proposals are the very best achievable and therefore recommends acceptance."

The proposal includes cutting premium rates for Dublin staff from 30% to 21% and for staff in the regional sorting centres from 26% to 20%, in line with what had been previously suggested by the Labour Court.

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