Royal Mail deliveries will be “free of disruption” over the Christmas period as the two sides in the postal dispute call a truce, at least until New Year. Strikes have been called off to allow for fresh talks between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union. The decision had been made to provide "a period of calm" in which the two sides could reach a long-term deal, according to TUC general secretary Brendan Barber. But Mr Barber also said that a final deal remained a long way away.
Strikes had been planned for today and Monday with all-out action involving up to 121,000 union members on each day.
At the heart of the dispute are job losses that the Royal Mail says are necessary because of its “modernisation” plans. The CWU accepts some job losses may be necessary, but disagrees over the extent. In addition, the union also objects to planned changes to pay and working conditions for Royal Mail staff that remain in their jobs.
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Because Paperstone uses couriers FedEd to make their office supplies deliveries, the delivery of our orders will be unaffected by any future Royal Mail strikes. And in most cases, this means “Next Day Delivery” as per usual!