Strikes planned by Royal Mail workers over the next two weeks have been called off after a protest from the company.
Members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) are embroiled in a long-running dispute over wages and working conditions. A series of strikes have taken place in recent weeks and more were scheduled for November 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 and 10.
The union said that after a letter from Royal Mail’s legal team it had decided to withdraw the notices of industrial action for the next two weeks. He added that the strikes will resume on Saturday November 12.
Its General Secretary, Dave Ward, said: “We recognize the deep frustration felt by many members over this decision… The current focus in the days ahead will be the negotiations which will hopefully lead to an agreement. reasonable to end this dispute.”
CWU Acting Deputy General Secretary Andy Furey said, “We fully understand the anger felt by many at this decision, but we believe it is a necessary step to protect our dispute.
“Our members have faced serious harassment from the highest levels of Royal Mail as they defend their industry and the communities they serve.
“They will not be forced into submission so easily, and we will remind the company of their determination in Acas in the coming days.”
Royal Mail said in a statement: ‘The CWU has withdrawn the strike after Royal Mail wrote to the CWU outlining numerous material concerns over official notification of the planned continuing strike.
“Royal Mail and CWU have scheduled talks in Acas for Monday October 31. We will continue to do everything we can to keep businesses, businesses and the country connected. »