Planned strikes by Royal Mail workers over the next two weeks have been called off after what appeared to be a legal challenge by the company.
The Communications Workers Union (CWU) announced on Sunday that it has canceled walkouts on November 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 and 10.
That’s because they joined the ongoing struggle over pay and conditions, as well as opposing the company’s restructuring plans.
Discussions aimed at resolving the dispute will return to the Acas conciliation service later on Monday but the divisions, on the surface, are as wide as after the Royal Maillegal intervention.
The CWU said its decision to withdraw the strike notices had caused dismay among its 115,000 members at the company.
Deputy Secretary General Andy Furey said: “We are very aware of the anger many people feel about the decision but we believe it is the right thing to do to protect our interests.
“Our members are at risk from the highest levels of Royal Mail as they protect their businesses and the communities they serve.
“They will not be forced to give up easily, and we will remind the company of their decision at Acas in the coming days.”
The company is resisting union demands for wage increases to protect workers from the cost of living problem.
It is proposed to link part of the payment to the renewal plans, including Sunday parcel delivery, and has revealed plans for up to 6,000 attachments next year.
It has been warned that the number will rise if the strike continues.
Royal Mail said in a statement: “The CWU has called off strike action after Royal Mail wrote to the CWU to express a number of concerns and formally notify them of the planned strike action. “
It added: “We will continue to do our best to protect businesses, companies and the country.”