George Osborne said he hoped Royal Mail workers would "engage" in plans to privatise the company, amid threats of a strike by postal staff.
"I hope the workforce would engage with this process, they are going to become part owners of the Royal Mail," the Chancellor said.
Osborne defended the decision to float the company on the stock market, saying it would "bring in more investment so we can have a brilliant service".
The Government outlined its controversial plans to privatise the Royal Mail today - a decision which was widely criticised by the unions.
Every time you lick a stamp you are engaging with a service that's been part of the fabric of Britain for centuries, but that is changing.
The Government will seek to push through the sale of the Royal Mail before unions get the chance to stage a potentially disruptive strike.