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The Unite union has said it will consider strike action if there are compulsory redundancies included in the 1,600 job losses.
Job losses at Royal Mail will be mostly felt at the Group’s operational and head office managerial level.
The company said there would be: "no impact from this initiative on frontline employees, including postmen and women, or the services Royal Mail provides to its customers."
Royal Mail has said that it is starting consultations with unions to cut 1,600 jobs in a move which the company hopes will save £50 million.
In a statement Royal Mail said that around 300 "new or enhanced" roles would be created meaning a loss of 1,300 jobs.
Royal Mail is consulting on plans to cut 1,600 jobs, the company said today.
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Change has returned the company to profitability but at a price: the number employed by Royal Mail has fallen by 50,000 in the last decade.