The government last week ramped up threats to privatise Royal Mail, but suggested that any sell-off would be accompanied by a share offer aimed at postal workers.
Ministers hope that by offering them a “John Lewis-style partnership” potential strikes can be avoided.
But postal workers reacted to the plans with anger.
“How will having a handful of shares benefit us when a chunk of our public service has been handed over to profiteering multinational firm?”, said Paul Garraway, a CWU union rep from Oxford.
“We are already facing job losses and an attack on our pensions.
“Privatisation will make matters worse. We need to start preparing for action.”
Attempts by the previous Labour government to sell-off Royal Mail were defeated as it became clear that both workers and the public vehemently opposed the plans.
Industrial action in defence of this vital public service would be extremely popular and force the government to back off.