Royal Mail axes 1,700 top jobs

Royal Mail is axing 1,700 managerial jobs and closing two of its seven mail centres in London, in a fresh round of cost-cutting measures on the back of a predicted sharp fall in the capital’s mail volumes.
The postal operator, which has slashed nearly 65,000 jobs since 2002, said: “This follows a separate review of managers in head office departments which will result in 1,700 people leaving the group when this specific initiative concludes.”
In addition, the phased closure of mail centres in East London and South London will commence immediately. Centres in Croydon, Greenford, Jubilee (Feltham), Romford and Mount Pleasant will remain open, and it confirmed the number of employees in London will dropping by about 750.
A statement said: “Royal Mail expects that everyone who wants to remain in the business will be able to do so.”
Major cuts in the number of mail centres are also underway and around half of the 64 centres in 2010 could eventually close by 2016 or sooner. “With the number of postal items posted in London expected to more than halve by 2014, it is imperative that Royal Mail continues the modernisation programme,” the operator said.
But the Communication Workers Union said: “We don’t believe that the closure of two major mail centres in London can be managed without compulsory redundancies. We also believe that Royal Mail’s announcement is not in accordance with the existing national agreements we have with the company.”

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