Postal strike cancelled after union talks with Royal Mail move foward

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Postal workers have called off a strike after making progress in talks over pay, pensions, jobs and conditions.

Royal Mail staff in the Communication Workers Union were due to walk out on Monday. But the industrial action has now been cancelled after union representatives agreed to finalise a deal with Royal Mail bosses.

According to the union the deal will include:

- Legal protections for employees that extends beyond the current three year offer

- An improved pay and reward offer

- A separate pensions agreement

- An agenda for growth underpinned by a culture of consensual change, timely decision making and industrial stability supported by alternative dispute resolution processes

- An agreed approach to aligning resourcing to workload with a resolution to any current workload and resourcing issues

- An overview of the future parcels and letters strategy

- A joint company/union charter shaping the on-going values and principles of the Royal Mail Group

- An on-going operational programme of work

Royal Mail has agreed to extend the legal validity of the strike ballot until November 20.

Both parties hope to reach an agreement by the November 13.