Mail dispute settled

A deal has been reached to settle
the long-running dispute at Royal Mail over pay and working practices which led
to nationwide strikes last year.

Staff will receive a 6.9 per cent pay
rise over the next three years and full-time workers will get a lump sum of

In exchange, postmen and women have
agreed to the introduction of new machinery and working patterns.

Royal Mail said it could now
“get on with its modernisation” of the postal service.

The deal follows lengthy
discussions between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union, which
represents postal workers.

It said the deal would give its
members greater job security.

“It’s been a long time coming,
but this deal delivers on the major issues which postal workers have fought
for,” said David Ward, union deputy general secretary.

“There’s a balance of pay and
operational changes which will help offset job losses and ensure our members
are fairly rewarded for change.”