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Over 100 thousand former and present Royal Mail workers will this week be requested to promote their shares to a Czech billionaire.

On Wednesday morning, Daniel Kretinsky’s funding group, which desires to purchase Royal Mail’s mother or father firm, will publish its formal supply on-line and ship it by put up.

After which, Mr Kretinsky can formally begin lobbying traders to just accept the supply.

He wants the approval of shareholders of three quarters of the mother or father firm, however this job might be made simpler as a result of he already owns 27.5% of it.

Big asset managers together with Blackrock, UBS, Vanguard and Schroders personal many of the different 72.5% of International Distribution Services (IDS) that Mr Kretinsky doesn’t personal.

Meanwhile, Royal Mail workers nonetheless collectively personal 5.5% of the shares after qualifying workers obtained 600 shares within the firm on the time of its privatisation in 2013.

Mr Kretinsky made his fortune in power firms. He additionally has stakes in Sainsbury’s and West Ham Football Club.

The board of IDS has already really helpful that shareholders large and small settle for his supply of 370p per share.

This is greater than the 319p it’s presently buying and selling at and considerably above the 220p it was price earlier than Mr Kretinsky’s first supply to purchase the corporate.

However, the federal government nonetheless has the power to dam this deal, which it might do given Royal Mail’s significance to the UK.

Mr Kretinsky’s EP Group has provided a collection of time restricted ensures together with the retention of the Royal Mail emblem, its UK headquarters, and its UK tax base.

It additionally provided to honour present employment agreements with unions and promised to not break up off the worthwhile parcels enterprise, which IDS additionally owns.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has mentioned that the deal can be topic to the conventional scrutiny however he was not opposed “in principle”.

Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds has written to Mr Kretinsky to hunt assurances that Royal Mail will stay headquartered and tax-resident within the UK.

My Reynolds additionally desires a dedication from Mr Kretinsky to “work closely with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) to build a sustainable Royal Mail”.

The CWU is pushing for “a new ownership and governance model that builds a postal service for the workers and customers”.

Sources near Mr Kretinsky mentioned that they might think about a mannequin which concerned some worker possession or participation.

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