Mail managers look set to vote on whether to take their first industrial action
in 25 years after talks failed to resolve a dispute over job losses.
union Amicus said it would start the process of holding a ballot after failing
to receive assurances that job cuts would be achieved by voluntary means.
officer Peter Skyte said: "Royal Mail’s failure to give assurances has
brought the first industrial action ballot a step closer." It would be the
first such action among Royal Mail managers for more than 25 years.
Mail said it hoped to continue talking with the union and insisted there was no
secret plan for compulsory job losses. It announced last year it wanted to
reduce the number of non-operational management jobs by 3,000.