What now lies ahead for Cork's mail room workers?
The current state of affairs in Ireland seems to be positive; there are cranes in the skyline, Ireland’s unemployment rate is at a 14 year low and Mick McCarthy is leading our football team to the European Championships. You would be forgiven for thinking that you were back in 2002. Unfortunately what happened in the years that followed is something that most people will never want to relive. This is the harsh reality that An Post workers in Cork’s Little Island Mail Center are now facing.
Just last June, after almost two years of speculation, over 200 employees of the Mail Center were notified that they would be made redundant, with the first of these coming in September of this year. An Post announced that this redundancies would result in annual savings of €11 million. The workers though, may not care too much about these savings.
Having met with a share of the now former employees of An Post at a recent jobs fair and sitting down with them to discuss their plans, the general feeling was not one of anger or disappointment, but a feeling of uncertainty. Most of these workers had given their entire professional career to An Post, and are now left with facing the possibility of being unemployed.
We here at Morgan McKinley have met with many candidates who have experienced this feeling on more than one occasion, so believe me when I tell you that there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel. We have experienced professionals that have worked with countless candidates who may feel that their skills cannot be put to good use elsewhere. We have both the people and the facilities to meet with those who are in need of some career guidance and for life after An Post.
Judging from the level of businesses that were in attendance at the recent jobs fair, it would be safe to say that companies all over Ireland are crying out for new employees to keep up with their own expansions. In this instance, when An Post closes a door, they may have just opened a letterbox.