Two bitter disputes have been settled, a sign that Royal Mail bosses can be pushed back by determined action.
After 19 days of strike action over the last four months, postal workers in Manvers, South Yorkshire, have secured a deal they can live with.
Each time the strikes have won 100 percent support.
However, it was only following a meeting held with branches in the north east region, who agreed to be balloted on a unit by unit basis for strikes in support of Manvers, that Royal Mail seriously negotiated over the issues that led to the dispute.
Essentially these revolved around management imposing changes in the office hours and staffing through executive action – without agreement.
The revised deal has been voted on by workers at Manvers and clearly accepted.
Meanwhile a deal has also been reached in the Stoke area where a series of strikes by around 800 workers took place over full time jobs being turned into part time when they fall vacant.
However, workers at the Burslem delivery office have voted for further action after managers imposed punitive sanctions following an unofficial strike.
Area delivery representative Malcolm Brundrett said, “The union has accepted the resolution for the main dispute but there are still outstanding issues from the Burslem office.”
The workers in Manvers and Stoke deserve every congratulation for standing firm and winning concessions.
But questions remain over whether the same attacks are taking place elsewhere without serious challenge.