Job loss figure could spark strike ballot

16th June 2011

Responding to claims made by Royal Mail Chief Executive Moya Greene in an interview in today’s Daily Mail that 40,000 jobs need to be cut to make the company financially viable, the CWU expresses extreme concern and warns that cuts could lead to strike action.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: “This is the first that we’ve heard of plans for further job losses and we’re deeply disappointed that Moya Greene has chosen to put this information out through the media instead of discussing staffing issues with the union direct.

“Royal Mail claims that 65,000 jobs have been cut since 2002. We would question whether the company could continue to function as the main mail delivery company if further job cuts are pushed through. The impact on operations and services would be severe.

There is no agreement over these job cuts and the announcement puts the whole programme of modernisation at risk. We will protect our members’ jobs and conditions of work and any hint of compulsory redundancies would lead to an immediate nationwide ballot for industrial action.”

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