An Post staff to receive 3.5% pay rise

CWU accepts Labour Court recommendation on pay increases

Staff in An Post are to receive pay increases of 3.5 per cent in two instalments under the terms of a Labour Court recommendation.

The first phase of the increase – 2 per cent – will be backdated to July while the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) is seeking the remaining 1.5 per cent to be paid next April.

The rises follow on from a 2.5 per cent increase which came into effect in May of last year.

The CWU said it would accept the court recommendation following a meeting of its postal division national executive committee.


The union's general secretary, Steve Fitzpatrick, said: "The CWU, as a part of the An Post group of unions, submitted a pay claim of 6 per cent in 2015. Last week's Labour Court recommendation of a further 3.5 per cent increase concludes this round.


“Postal services are being confronted with massive technological challenges, and opportunities, as businesses and private citizens adopt new ways to communicate and move goods. The efficiency measures agreed with the company will benefit both workers and the company. We are determined to see the final phase of this increase take effect from April 1st next year, as provided for in the Labour Court’s recommendation.”

The court recommendation stated that the company believed the cost of the new increases will be €15 million.

Half of the costs of this further increase are to be met out of savings achieved through further additional efficiency measures.

Martin Wall

Martin Wall

Martin Wall is the former Washington Correspondent of The Irish Times. He was previously industry correspondent