A deal has been done

Postal workers have voted to accept a deal to settle the long-running dispute with Royal Mail over pay and working practices.

Workers voted by two to one to accept a deal agreed between the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Royal Mail. The deal commits Royal Mail to retaining full-time staff, improved flexibility and a voluntary approach to any redundancies.

a deal for now

The union has agreed not to strike again before Christmas. Further talks will take place in December with the aim of finalising a deal by the end of 2010.

High Court on Friday

The Mail union accuses the Royal Mail of using agency workers as strike breakers to do the work of CWU members involved in the continuing UK-wide industrial dispute and is seeking an injunction preventing Royal Mail from using 30,000 agency workers.

All Out

Two more strike days have been announced. These are Friday, 6th and Monday, 9th November.

Unlike the current strikes, which have involved members in different roles striking on different days, the two new dates will be all-out strikes.

British mail News

British mail is in decline. The British government wants to sell to sell a minority stake in the national Mail provider Royal Mail to a private company. These plans have now been delayed because of the economic downturn.

Meanwhile postal workers under took three days of strike action in London in a dispute over jobs and pay, amid claims of cutbacks to services