A national postal strike at Royal Mail due to go ahead next week has been called off.
A High Court judge has ruled the strike illegal after Royal Mail bosses argued it could not go ahead unless the Communications Workers Union (CWU) first followed contractual dispute resolution.
The Royal Mail said the dispute resolution process could go on until Christmas.
The CWU voted in favour of strike action at the beginning of this month in an ongoing row over pensions, pay, working hours and job security.
CWU general secretary Terry Pullinger said there had been a “breakdown in trust” between workers and Royal Mail management.