Royal Mail managers oppose sell-off of postal organisation
Royal Mail managers have voted overwhelmingly against the Government's controversial plans to privatise the postal organisation.
The Unite union said its members who work in branches, mail centres and other offices, voted by 71% against the sell-off. In a separate ballot of managers in the Royal Mail and the Post Office, proposals on pensions were also heavily rejected.
Unite said the pension proposals could see the annual pension cut by £3,788 for a Royal Mail manager retiring at 65 after 35 years service, from £23,099 to £19,311.
Post Office managers voted by 89% to reject proposals which Unite said could mean an employee on £15,000 a year seeing their pension reduced by £544, from £9,143 to £8,599.
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Turnout in the pension ballot was 49.7%; in the privatisation vote it was 50.7%.
Unite officer Brian Scott said the turnouts in both ballots were good, reflecting "strong opposition" to privatisation and the pension proposals. He added: " Members have made it clear the proposals put forward to make changes to their pension arrangements are unacceptable. Our members have paid for their pensions during their working lives. It's immoral their retirement income should be reduced in this arbitrary fashion."