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Post strike suspended for talks
Postal strike
A number of strikes has already taken place in Scotland
A UK-wide postal strike set to start on Thursday has been suspended to enable talks to go ahead, the Communication Workers Union has said.

Postal workers had been set to strike for 24 hours from 1900 BST.

The action was put on hold after meetings between Royal Mail chairman Allan Leighton and heads of the CWU.

Norrie Watson, the CWU's Scottish representative, said: "The strike ballot is still live but hopefully it won't need to be used."

Talks to resolve the dispute are now set to go ahead, with the aim of reaching a deal by 4 September.

Harsh reality

CWU members have already been striking after rejecting a 2.5% pay deal and modernisation plans, which the union says could threaten 40,000 jobs.

Last week, wildcat strikes by postal workers across Scotland caused further disruption.

The CWU in Scotland earlier warned that its members were prepared for further industrial action.

As well as the planned walk-out by workers in mail centres and airports, different groups of employees, including delivery staff, had also been set to take action.

The clash between the Royal Mail and union workers has been ongoing for many months, with Royal Mail saying workers had been ignoring the "harsh reality" of an open market.

The decision to suspend the strike came on the same day that Postcomm, the independent regulator for postal services, warned Royal Mail of an urgent need to tackle its financial problems.

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