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Royal Mail’s ‘ruthless’ job cuts could provoke industr...

Royal Mail’s ‘ruthless’ job cuts could provoke industrial action

25 March 2014

Royal Mail managers have today (25 March 2014) warned the newly privatised postal service that its ‘ruthless’ proposals to slash jobs could result in them being left to consider industrial action.

Unite believes it is no coincidence that Royal Mail’s decision to announce 1600  job cuts, mainly in management roles, to the stock market today (25 March) comes just before the company prepares to announce its first full set of accounts since privatisation.   

Brian Scott, Unite officer for Royal Mail said: “First the government sells-off Royal Mail on the cheap and now the newly privatised service is ruthlessly sacrificing jobs. We do not believe that it’s a coincidence that this announcement has been made just before the company prepares to announce its first full set of accounts since privatisation. It’s more proof that Royal Mail’s primary reason for existing is now about making profits rather than serving the nation.

“For all that Royal Mail managers have been through they do not deserve to be treated in this way.

“Unite is demanding a commitment to no compulsory redundancies on fair terms and an effective method for redeployment within the restructured organisation. If Royal Mail refuse we will have no alternative than to consider a ballot for industrial action.”

Unite represents 7,000 Royal Mail managers.

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For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes for editors:

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