After Royal Mail announced that it could cut as many as 10,000 jobs by next August, blaming current strike action among staff and increasing losses across the business a petition has been circulating on social media calling on Simon Thompson to be removed from the role of Chief Executive Officer at the company.
The gloomy announcement says that Royal Mail says it expects to post a £350m loss for the full-year, though the company warned this could reach as much as £450m.
Over 22,000 people have put their name to the petition saying:
“Simon Thompson has a history of damaging businesses and the workforce for his own gratification. He was also managing director of Track and Trace which failed. According to the business Royal Mail have allegedly suffered losses as a result of the recent industrial action. They are now threatening job losses as a result! Remove the annual bonuses and get rid of the source problem instead of penalising the frontline workers who keep the business going. Simon Thompson is a self indulgent man and has no empathy or apathy for the workers.”
The General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union, Dave Ward hit back saying:
“The announcement is the result of gross mismanagement and a failed business agenda of ending daily deliveries, a wholesale levelling-down of the terms, pay and conditions of postal workers, and turning Royal Mail into a gig economy style courier. What the company should be doing is abandoning its asset-stripping strategy and building the future based on utilising the competitive edge it already has in its deliveries to 32 million addresses across the country.”
“This announcement is holding postal workers to ransom for taking legal industrial action against a business approach that is not in the interests of workers, customers or the future of Royal Mail. This is no way to build a company.”
However, the Royal Mail trading statement contained some good news for shareholders by revealing: “Notwithstanding challenging trading conditions across its markets, the performance of GLS remains on track to meet full year expectations of an adjusted operating profit between €370 – €410 million.”