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.