There was speculation that management and the CWU union may be approaching an agreement to end the dispute as Socialist Worker went to press.
Some believe that planned changes to the company pension scheme have been put on ice, to be resolved at a later date.
Whatever the truth, there are a number of minimum conditions that must be met before the strikes can end.
- Flexibility: postal workers must have certainty of hours and duties. Management must not have the right to impose changes to working hours, and there must be no move towards annualised hours.
- Start times: any change to start times must only be implemented by agreement, and with full consideration for all those with other obligations, including family responsibilities.
- Job losses: Royal Mail’s plans for 40,000 job losses must be abandoned. All mail centre closures must be halted.
- Victimisations: all those who have been sacked, suspended, or disciplined during the strikes must be returned to normal working, without further charges.
- Pay: There must be no agreement to a pay rise that does not meet the current rate of inflation, which is about 4 percent a year.