Job cuts hit Royal Mail deliveries, says Unite

Job cuts hit Royal Mail deliveries, says Unite

22 November 2013

Unnecessary job cuts at the Royal Mail have contributed to it missing its delivery targets, Unite, the largest union in the country, said today (Friday, 22 November)

The regulator Ofcom has told Royal Mail it must improve ‘important aspects’ of the service it provides to postal users after failing to deliver 93 per cent of all first class letters the day after they were posted, only achieving 91.7 per cent.

Brian Scott, the Unite officer representing 7,000 Royal Mail managers, said: “These results are disappointing, but not a real surprise given the way Royal Mail has been setting itself up for privatisation in the last year.

“Royal Mail has been making unnecessary job reductions and cutting corners to make it a more viable sell off.  Even then, the 60 per cent stake was sold off far too cheaply; putting political dogma ahead of good business sense.

“Unite has been working with Royal Mail to examine the situation in delivery offices and we are increasingly concerned that they are about to implode.

“Unite members working in delivery offices are under a huge amount of pressure and this continues with no obvious solution.

“We are calling upon Royal Mail to undertake a full review of the situation and to address the problems of excess workloads, duplication in reporting systems, lack of support and excessive reduction in delivery staff that have been identified.  

“These points need to be resolved before the performance will improve.”

Last month, Royal Mail floated a 60 per cent stake in the company on the stock market.


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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.