LRC makes progress in postal row

THERE were signs of hope last night that the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) was close to brokering a formula to get both sides in the postal dispute to negotiate an end to hostilities.

Although any agreed formula for talks would still have to be put to the executive of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) today, early indications as talks continued last night were that some progress was being made.

At time of going to print, LRC chief executive Kieran Mulvey was still meeting separately with both sides in talks that were expected to go on until the early hours of this morning.

However, there were strong indications a framework for future talks was edging closer to agreement as talks progressed.

“There is a general feeling on both sides that we can do something here,” said a CWU source.

In the event of an agreement a protest march planned for Government buildings today will likely be called off this morning.

There were also indications from An Post management yesterday that the company’s hard-line stance may be about to become a little more flexible.

Entering the talks yesterday An Post managers said they were confident they could find a way of negotiating an end to the dispute.

Postal services in Dublin and five other counties have been crippled since the dispute began 10 days ago and over 550 workers at An Post’s Dublin Mail Centre in Clondalkin have been suspended by the company.

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