You will have seen recent press reports that Royal Mail was successful in their application for a High Court injunction preventing the CWU from undertaking strike action.
Royal Mail and the CWU have now jointly appointed a mediator for talks and, during this process, it will be business as usual. Royal Mail said in a statement: "Our priority is to reach agreement with the CWU. We are committed to using the mediation process to do just that.
"Mediation will bring both parties together, with a third party, to seek the right outcome for employees, customers and the business.”
The mediation process will take close to Christmas to be completed – in total, the procedures allow seven weeks for negotiations from the appointment of a mediator. If agreement is not reached, the CWU is required by law to give a minimum of two weeks’ notice of any industrial action after mediation has finished.
The statement added: “This means that the process will take close to Christmas to be completed and may be longer.
"Given the complexity of the issues under discussion and the shared appetite to reach agreement, we anticipate that discussions could be extended to facilitate an agreement."