Cost-cutting measures at The Royal Mail mean that 1,600 workers are to lose their jobs.
Talks with its unions, Unite and the Communication Workers Union (CWU), are underway. The Royal Mail statement stressed that no frontline staff would be affected, effectively meaning postal delivery workers would not lose their jobs.
Chief executive Moya Greene defended the cuts, saying they were necessary for the company to compete in the letters and parcel market.
CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward called the news “concerning”. Unite is threatening industrial action over the move.
The Government still has a 30% stake in Royal Mail despite privatisation.