The postal workers' CWU union was in talks with Royal Mail about a possible improvement to the company's 2.5 percent pay offer as Socialist Worker went to press.
The union is fighting for a pay rise that at least matches the current 3.8 percent inflation rate, against the 40,000 job losses in Royal Mail's business plan, and against attempts to change working conditions for thousands of delivery workers.
Any new offer must be judged against these criteria. The union's campaign of strikes hit the bosses hard. But they have been suspended for talks for several weeks and momentum could now be lost if action is not restored.
A delivery worker from Leicester told Socialist Worker that even among those who had hopes in the talks, the feeling is now strongly for a return to industrial action: 'We're all fed up now, and desperate to start hitting back.'
The widespread feeling for a return to action can be seen in unofficial strike at the Stockport mail centre (see » Stockport's unofficial post strike against sacking).
The same mood also exists at Romec, a Royal Mail subsidiary, where workers went on 24-hour strike last week. They are looking to win a pay rise above the 2.5 percent they have been offered.