Royal Mail is to cut 2,000 management jobs as it struggles to deal with the effects of the coronavirus crisis.The cuts, about a fifth of the company’s management roles, aim to save about £130m in costs from next year.Royal Mail said the pandemic accelerated the trend of more parcels and fewer letters being sent, and it had not adapted quickly enough to that.The company’s challenges have included former boss Rico Back making a surprise exit from the business in May.The job losses will hit senior roles hardest, with half of them set to go, and will mainly fall on so-called “back-office” jobs, including finance, commercial and IT.Frontline postal staff are unlikely to be affected because Royal Mail needs to preserve “quality of service”, a spokesman said.Royal Mail’s cull of middle managers – one fifth of the near-10,000 total – is a warm-up for a much tougher set of negotiations with front line staff.The company has had a fractious relationship with its workforce and the Communication Workers’ Union for several years, and its attempts to change terms and conditions, including pension arrangements, have been fraught with difficulty.Chairman Keith Williams, who is standing in as chief executive after the abrupt departure of… Read full this story
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