Royal Mail And Union Reach Deal On Pay
A proposed deal has been agreed between the Royal Mail and union leaders on pay, pensions and other issues linked to the privatisation of the postal group.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) had been threatening industrial action in the run up to Christmas but held off calling strikes so talks could be held.
After what were described as "extensive" negotiations, the two sides announced that a proposed agreement had been reached.
A union statement said: "The proposed agreement will now be considered by the union's postal executive over the next few days and will ultimately be subject to a ballot of the union's members.
"During the ratification process, the industrial action ballot remains valid.
"Details of the proposed agreement will be made available following the conclusion of the meeting of the union's postal executive."
In a statement to the stock market, Royal Mail said an agreement had been made in principle with the CWU on pay, legal protections, industrial stability and pensions.
"Royal Mail and the CWU have agreed that the union's ballot for industrial action remains valid.
"However, the CWU has confirmed that there will be no disruption through industrial action during the ratification process of the proposed agreement, including the whole of the Christmas trading period.
"An announcement on the content of the proposed agreement will be made when it is ratified by the union's executive committee.
"The proposed agreement is also subject to approval by the Royal Mail plc board."