Crunch talks to avert a nationwide strike mean South Holland’s postal workers will not be striking on Monday.
Managers at Royal Mail have been meeting Communication Workers Union (CWU) members throughout this week to discuss a row over pay, pensions and job security in the wake of the postal giant’s recent privatisation.
Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union together said they were committed to finalising an agreement by November 13.
According to the union, the deal will include:
l Legal protection for employees that extends beyond the current three year offer.
l An improved pay and reward offer..
l A separate pensions agreement
The strike had threatened to be the first of many which could disrupt deliveries in the run-up to Christmas.
It would have been the first national strike at Royal Mail in almost four years.
When the action was announced, CWU area delivery rep Simon Peach urged customers across the district to support them by writing to MP John Hayes.
He said: “The action isn’t just about pay and job security, it’s about protecting the service to our customers.
“Being a postman isn’t just about delivering letters, it is also a community service.
“There have been many cases when we’ve flagged up residents are sick because their curtains haven’t moved for a couple of days.
“But when there are shareholders involved, it’s all about money.”
l Staff in the country’s network of 372 Crown post offices will continue to take a 13th round of strike action on Monday. However, it is understood post offices in Spalding and Holbeach will not be affected.
The weekend will still see the firefighters striking on Friday from 6am to 11pm and Monday from 6am to 8am.
Residents are being asked to take special care around the home at the area’s bonfires and fireworks parties while the dispute is running.