**CWU believe Mediation ends on Friday 18th October (tomorrow)**
Based on the legal contract and the industrial stability section, we enter into a further three week period, which is comprised of one week for both parties to consider the mediators report/recommendations and then two weeks for both parties to consider next steps and final opportunity to reach agreement.
As such, the CWU view is that the process formally ends on the 8th November.
At that point the CWU can serve notice for Industrial Action giving 14 days / 2 weeks notice as per the legal requirement.
Therefore, the earliest the CWU believe any Industrial Action can take place on, is Friday 22nd November, which if Royal Mail are serious about in their communications, would give 5 weeks for intense national talks to take place to avert any Industrial Action being considered.