Post services in Kildare and around the country are at a standstill

An Post have warned the public not to send any post for the foreseeable future because strike action has halted services in four centres around the country. The strike action means that four different plants in Portlaoise, Athlone, Dublin and Cork are affected. The four plants, which are operated by IO Systems but retained by An Post, process the public's post and there are a total of 36 employed in the centres. The machines for processing post in Dublin and Athlone broke down overnight, although the machines centres in Portlaoise and Cork are still operating normally. The workers are striking over cuts in pay and there is no estimated time frame for when the strike will conclude. An Post released a statment this morning saying it:"greatly regrets this inconvenience to our customers and urges the parties involved to resolve their differences through the normal industrial relations procedures". The Department of Social Protection said it has contingency plans in place for delivering cheques to customers, should the dispute impact on next week's mail delivery.

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