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Royal Mail prepares for strike negotiations as mangers vote on walkouts

Around 8,500 mangers will be balloted over strike action in a dispute over job cuts

25 October 2010

Royal Mail are preparing for strike negotiations after it was announced thousands of managers are due to vote on walkouts in a dispute over job cuts.

Around 8,500 mangers from Royal Mail and its subsidiary businesses the Post Office and Parcelforce will be balloted on industrial action for the first time in over 30 years.

Staff are unhappy over the proposed loss of 1,500 jobs, which Royal Mail claim[s] are unavoidable following a decline in business.

Paul Reuter, national officer at the union, said: "Unite will not allow managers to be forced out because of the poor decisions made at the very top of Royal Mail Group.

"If Royal Mail are allowed to push ahead with forced redundancies it will keep coming back for more, so Unite intends to stop Royal Mail in its tracks."

Mr Reuter added that 5,000 roles had already been cut on a voluntary basis over the past five years and that further compulsory losses are unnecessary.

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