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A 24-HOUR strike planned by Royal Mail staff for Monday has been called off.

In a joint statement, Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union said both parties have made progress in current talks and commit to finalising an agreement in the next two weeks.

It will include legal protections for employees that extend beyond the current three year offer following privatisation, an improved pay and reward offer, a separate pensions agreement, and other key areas of dispute.

The statement said: ‘On this basis, the CWU agrees to stand down the 24-hour strike planned for Monday.

‘Royal Mail agrees to extend the legal validity of the current industrial action ballot until Wednesday, November 20.

‘Both parties will now clear diaries to ensure all our efforts are focused on reaching an agreement by the Wednesday, November 13.’