The Deputy General Secretary of the major postal workers union, the CWU, (Communications Worker’s Union) has said that an agreement with Royal Mailis imminent. It does look like that strikes will be avoided.
Negotiations after the autumn ballot and a High Court ruling meant that both parties were forced around the table and all signs show that the process has been successful.
“Philosophically we are in the right place. Once you get into the drafting, it is such a complex thing.” CWU deputy general secretary Terry Pullinger said. “We’re really trying to get it nailed down next week. The conversation did not change until we got a massive ‘yes’ vote and gave notice. And although they took us to court and forced into mediation… the conversation had to change.”
“There is no doubt about it, doing it that process, the proper negotiations started for the first time. The whole process of the ballot was to get a proper negotiation and get into the room – so the objective is done.“
A spokesperson for Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail and the CWU have continued to make progress in talks on pay, pensions and the other issues under discussion. These talks are ongoing as both parties seek to finalise an agreement.”
It is undoubtedly good news that Royal Mail strikes are off and workers are going to get a good deal on pensions and working conditions. Royal Mail shares have also seen an upside. But it is also a shame that it takes a stand off for a solution to be found. Hopefully future industrial relations will be more harmonious and cooperative.