Royal Mail consulting on 1,600 job cuts

Royal Mail is consulting with unions on plans to cut 1,600 jobs that it hopes will save £50 million. The firm said that around 300 "new or enhanced" roles would also be created.

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Unite 'may consider strike action' over Royal Mail cuts

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.

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.

– Brian Scott, Unite's Royal Mail officer


Royal Mail job cuts 'could save £50 million'

Royal Mail says it will see an overall reduction of 1,300 jobs. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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.

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