Unions vote today on Royal Mail deal

The long-running dispute between the Communications Workers Union (CWU) and the Royal Mail is close to an end as unions will today vote on whether to accept a deal over pay, pensions and modernisation.

A simple majority would be required to approve the deal, the terms of which terms of which are not being disclosed until after the meeting.

However, it is thought to involve a 6.9% pay increase over two years and the closing of the final-salary pension scheme to new members.

The union has called off all planned action while the ballot is held, which is expected to take up to a month.

In a statement on Saturday, Royal Mail said it was pleased that negotiations with the CWU have been successful and a settlement had been reached.

“We apologise for the disruption and inconvenience the strikes have caused, and thank you for your ongoing patience through this difficult time.”

Despite Friday’s outline deal, wildcat action has continued today.

“We are very disappointed to report that some colleagues are currently taking unofficial strike action, in several parts of the country, which will inevitably lengthen our recovery period, and affect services in these areas,” the Royal Mail said.

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