WORKERS at the Accrington Royal Mail delivery office have agreed to call off strikes over ‘bullying and harassment’ claims.

Members of the Communications Workers Union have returned to work after Royal Mail confirmed that the ‘management situation’ will be resolved in the New Year.

Staff had previously taken industrial action at the Infant Street office on Saturday, December 10, and Saturday, December 17.

Further action was planned for Friday, December 23, but CWU members called off the action and returned to work after the decision from Royal Mail.

CWU national officer Ray Ellis said: “Royal Mail have in effect confirmed that the remaining issue concerning the management of the office will be resolved in the New Year.

“The Accrington members have received tremendous support from branches all around the country and there is no doubt that the solidarity shown has helped to bring the dispute to a successful resolution.

“The key factor was of course the unity, determination and discipline of the Accrington members.”

Members of the CWU said they went on strike following ‘refusal’ by regional managers to implement an agreement made in August to deal with ‘persistent bullying’ by an office manager.

Further industrial action was also planned at the office on New Years Eve, but plans have changed after Royal Mail agreed to address the problem with management in question.

Martin Berry, secretary for the East Lancashire branch of the CWU said: “Royal Mail have agreed to removed the manager from office, that was the stumbling point.

“It shouldn’t have resulted in the strike having to take place but its good that Royal Mail have come to their senses, as long as they stick to their word.”

Royal Mail spokesman said: “I can confirm staff returned to work but no other comment further to that.”