10 February 2006

Maskey calls for Hain to intervene

Belfast Telegraph

10 February 2006

Sinn Fein is calling on the Government to intervene in the postal crisis as the strike enters its eleventh day.

South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey is urging Trade Minister Angela Smith and Secretary of State Peter Hain to take action. Mr Maskey said that Sinn Fein supported the call for an independent inquiry into management procedures at Royal Mail.

"It is crucial that Angela Smith and Peter Hain both intervene in the interests of the local economy because, had we had a local Assembly, we as politicians would have expected speedy intervention.

"The community wants to see the dispute resolved as quickly as possible.

"We support the call for an independent inquiry into procedures and it is important that the community and business sectors along with political representatives unite in securing an equitable agreement."

West Belfast DUP MLA Diane Dodds called on all sides to increase their efforts to resolve matters. Mrs Dodds said she has met with both the postal workers and Royal Mail and that a way forward must be found as a matter of urgency.

"The current position cannot continue indefinitely," she said.

"Having spoken to the workers it is clear they don't want to be in this situation. Royal Mail as a company cannot allow this dispute to escalate. Any failure to act immediately will only increase the consequences to industry and local communities."

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