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Postal strikes called off

Retailers will be breathing a sigh of relief this morning as the postal strikes have been called off until at least the New Year.

Retailers who offer delivery through websites and mail order can rest assured there will be a period of calm, ” free of any disruption” over Christmas, according to TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.

Although the disagreement between the Royal Mail and the Communication Workers’ Union is far from over, both parties will continue to talk over the next few weeks in an effort to reach a long term deal.

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: “It’s important that both sides now keep talking about the next phase of modernisation which is vital for the company’s future.”

The move will mean etailers can gear up once again for Christmas. While many had put in place back-up plans and switched to alternative delivery operators, some said they had been hit by the strikes as customers did not believe deliveries and returns would get through the system.

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