The Unite union has said it will consider strike action if there are compulsory redundancies included in the 1,600 job losses.
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.
– Brian Scott, Unite's Royal Mail officer
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.
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.