Recently privatised Royal Mail and the Communications Workers Union (CWU) have agreed to extend talks over workers pay and conditions by a week.
In a joint statement released on Wednesday the two groups said:
Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union have made significant progress in current talks on legal protections, industrial stability and pay. On this basis, both parties have agreed to a further extension of the legal validity of the current industrial action ballot until 27 November 2013 to allow the time to conclude the discussions.
In October the CWU called off a one-day strike to allow talks to progress. Royal Mail had offered a £300 bonus if staff agreed not to strike, however workers were unpersuaded and voted 4-1 in favour of strike action.