Royal Mail has denied it is planning sweeping job cuts after sending managers letters demanding cost savings of 10%.
Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) claimed to have received letters stating that costs are under review, and asking employees whether they would like to work part-time, take voluntary redundancy, or work elsewhere at the business.
Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: “Royal Mail is pushing for an arbitrary 10% cost saving for offices across the country. This is not agreed by the CWU and could have a huge impact on both job losses and a reduction of full-time jobs to part-time jobs.”
A Royal Mail spokesman told the Daily Telegraph: “Royal Mail has made absolutely no announcement of job losses, but we want to work with our people so that we take into account their wishes and preferences as Royal Mail continues to modernise and transform its operations to meet the challenges of falling mail volumes and intensifying competition.”
Last month, Royal Mail announced a jump in profits to £255m for the nine months to the end of December. The organisation employs about 190,000 staff.