Royal Mail and CWU agree deal to avert further strike action

| November 6, 2009 | 0 Comments
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The planned postal strikes for today and Monday have been called off after the Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) agreed to continue talks but would halt any strike action until the New Year.

Details of the agreement reached between both sides are due to be released today.

According to TUC leader, Brendan Barber, the agreement reached will see a “period of calm” in the run-up to and beyond Christmas.

Dave Ward, of the CWU said: “We hope we can genuinely take forward modernisation in a way that puts the union at the centre. Our members will now know we can deal with modernisation in a way that gives them improved job security and improved terms and conditions.”

Members of the CWU took industrial action as a result of a long dispute over working conditions, contractual terms and pensions.

The CWU accused the Royal Mail of turning down a series of proposals without proper consideration.

Mark Higson, Royal Mail’s managing director, said he was “delighted for our customers that we have got back to a sensible agreement that will allow us to deliver a great Christmas”.

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