An internal document seen by the East Cork Journal shows that An Post has proposed cutting hundreds of full time staff in its offices nationwide.
Over 300 post men and women including sorting office staff are to lose their jobs at the loss making company.
The report also shows that the national postal service intend to cut the work hour equivalent of hundreds of full time employees across the network for its remaining staff.
In Cork County 23 jobs are earmarked to go, with 7 job losses expected in East Cork, 2 in Youghal, 1 in Cobh and Fermoy with 3 losses predicted at the Little Island district office.
TD for Cork East Deputy Pat Buckley, said cutting numbers at the struggling postal service now does not make economic sense as “post Brexit extra staffing will be required at An Post to manage possible customs checks on parcels coming in from the united Kingdom.”
The Sinn Fein’s spokesperson on mental health, added while the postal service is in turmoil, he fears the big cuts will affect the remaining postal workers health and wellbeing, asking the question who will pick up the slack.
“Despite what we have heard about falling numbers when it comes to parcels and postage I can only see that the pressure that staff will be under during the Christmas period will only increase the mental pressures within in the service and could lead to a possible unhealthy Christmas for some staff.”
The An Post restructuring plan forms part of a Labour Court agreement between the company and unions at the Labour Relations commission (LRC) last month.
A number of unions had sought a 6% “cost of living” increase in 2015 after the LRC ruled that a pay freeze implemented in 1998 at the loss making company was no-longer viable.
The Labour Court recommended a 2.5% increase with effect from 1 May 2016 and, last month, made a recommendation of a further 3.5% pay increase in two instalments - 2% with effect from 1 July 2017 and a further 1.5% next year.
Part of the Court's recommendation was that 50% of the cost of pay increases should be met out of savings from additional efficiency measures and that these would be negotiated between the Company and the Group of Unions.
An Post’s decision to increase the cost of a stamp by 28c earlier this year has done little to stem the loss of revenue as letter volumes continue to decline.
A company spokesperson said the way society now communicate has made it difficult for An Post to meet its €10million a week wage bill.
While there is a boom in online shopping the revenue generated is not enough to offset the loss to the beleaguered postal service.
Since 2005 the company has struggled to deliver, as the decline in its core business of delivering letters has worsened.
An Post insist the efficiency measures agreed during the LRC process will benefit both postal workers and An Post.
These measures are currently under discussion between the Company and the Group of Unions.