The Communication Workers Union (CWU) announced today, Wednesday, that it has called off Monday’s planned national strike of post workers.
In a joint statement, the CWU and Royal Mail bosses said that the decision to call off the strike came after progress was made in talks.
Over the next two weeks the union says it will be working with bosses to finalise an agreement. It said that the agreement will include legal protections for employees that extend beyond the current three year offer, an improved pay and reward offer and a separate pensions agreement.
Post workers don’t yet know the details of the agreement. However union reps are due to meet on Monday in the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, where the post strike rally was due to take place.
“It’s a mistake to call off the strike. We’ve always won more by going on strike.” Merlin Reader, a CWU rep ECDO (pc), told Socialist Worker.
“If the union are prepared to settle, then they should tell us what the agreement is before calling off the strike.
“But any agreement should include a reversal of the changes that have already been made to our pensions, a ten year agreement on our terms and conditions and an above inflation plus 1 percent pay rise. This is what the union has been saying it wanted if we were privatised.”
The CWU said the dispute is not over, and the strike ballot has been extended to the 20 November. Crown Post Office workers in a seperate dispute are still going ahead with their strike on next Monday.
Post workers voted 78 percent on a 63 percent turn out to strike over the attacks on their jobs, pay and conditions. The vote shows that postal workers are up for a serious fight.
Mark Dolan, north London Area Delivery Rep told Socialist Worker, “We’ve still got the live ballot in the peak time of year, and the threat of strikes. That threat is what has moved Royal Mail.”
Postal workers would have been striking at the same time as firefighters.When the firefighters FBU union called off a strike planned for 19 October, firefighters put pressure on them to get the action back on. Postal workers can do the same.