The CWU union was locked in talks with Royal Mail bosses last weekend to reach an agreement over pay and working conditions.
The union had until Wednesday of this week to give details of an agreement or call a national strike without a ballot extension.
A national strike had been planned for the start of this month after most of the CWU’s 155,000 Royal Mail members voted in favour of a walkout. But the union cancelled the walkout, saying it was making progress in talks with bosses.
In a joint statement issued with Royal Mail the union said that an agreement would include “alternative dispute resolution processes”.
Although detail remains unclear, it is crucial that there is not a no-strike deal.
Geoff Breeze is a unit rep from Southampton. He told Socialist Worker, “We definitely don’t want that. The union has said plenty of times that they would not sell a no strike deal.”
“I also think the union should be going for everything they said they’d go for post-privatisation. One of the most important things is to end the culture of bullying from management. We’ve had enough.”