AYR, Carrick and Cumnock's MP has made a new plea to the Royal Mail regarding job cuts.

SNP MP Allan Dorans has called on the Royal Mail to "stop the threats of job cuts to postal workers and engage meaningfully" with the Communications Workers Union to find an acceptable solution to prevent further postal strikes.

Last week, the Royal Mail announced its intention to slash 10,000 jobs, citing the strike action and low parcel delivery sales as the reason.

In a joint letter to the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail, Allan Dorans told the Royal Mail Chief that it is "unacceptable to see the language employed by Royal Mail in threatening its workforce with job losses because they dare to ask for a fair work package."

Postal workers across Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock are in dispute, with several more strike days planned early next month, from November 2 to 4.

Commenting, Allan said: "Postal workers across Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock are struggling to make ends meet in the face of the cost-of-living crisis while Royal Mail shareholders benefited from bumper profits in the millions.

"It is understandable that postal workers find the argument that there isn't money for them to have a fair wage unpalatable when there are millions of pounds of profit for shareholders, who should share the burden – when hard working postal staff are struggling to put food on their table this winter.

"Royal Mail staff in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock and their families need financial security.

"The decision to strike will not have been easy for any of them, but this is about more than pay; it is also about protecting the universal mail service we all expect and value.

"Royal Mail need to get back to the negotiating table – in a meaningful way – and put our communities at the heart of discussions."