Trade unions have vowed to combat the looming privatisation of Royal Mail as the government kickstarted a series of multibillion-pound sell-offs by announcing plans to sell the state’s £3bn stake in the uranium enrichment company Urenco.
The general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, which represents 53 trade unions and nearly 6 million union members across the UK, said the government could not fool people into believing that a Royal Mail sell-off is in the public interest.
"The British public are overwhelmingly against privatisation," Frances O’Grady told the annual conference of the Communication Workers Union. "Royal Mail has already modernised and the service is now more stable than at any point in a decade, but they want to wreck it. Let us say to the government, our Royal Mail is not for sale."