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It does not add up from the workers' point of view.
The union welcomes the price cap decision and acknowledges that this significant and positive development has materialised relatively early in the tenure of the new CEO. However, in tandem with this change comes the increase in the price of the stamp. An Post must also review its overall pricing strategy which, in the union's view, is not coherent. It has displayed little or no joined-up thinking in the area over which it already has direct control in respect of the various products and service offerings which have also resulted in revenue loss.
The union fully supports the Minister's actions for the following reasons. An Post's quality of service is one of the best in Europe. Postal workers should not be expected to subsidise the national postal service. An Post has never received any State subvention. The Labour Court has stated there is a requirement on the company shareholder and regulator to engage in the pricing issue to ensure financial viability. Notwithstanding major ongoing cost reductions coupled with an eight-year pay freeze, the company is in a very precarious financial position. Crucially, 40% of the company's losses come from inbound international mail amounting to €15 million. Half of these losses arise from an international mail agreement entered into by the State and imposed on An Post.
We are seeing huge changes because of historical events and progress. If we want to provide services in this country, we have to be prepared to stand up to the European Union and say that at some point we cannot deliver the services we are obliged to deliver under the PSO and the universal service obligation to our community. It is a social service which also has to be productive.
I support my union's position. We have raised the issue of the rural post offices and the post office network in general in the Dáil since I became a Member and I am sure it was raised by Fine Gael in opposition before 2011. It has to be linked with a quick implementation of what can be a viable injection into the post office. I make a point also made by a previous speaker. Rialto post office was closed down overnight and it is happening everywhere with 1,000 post offices closed down under Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil-led governments.
Unless there is a change in Government thinking and unless the Government wants to keep the service viable, it will not happen. I do not expect much from the Government. I urge the people to put pressure on the Government to deliver from that point of view. It has to be the case.