This is the full text of the PCS leadership's explanation to union reps of why the 10 November strike was called off.
PCS suspends national industrial action over pay
The PCS national executive committee met this morning and following their receipt of a letter from Sir Gus O'Donnell, head of the home civil service, have decided to suspend the industrial action planned from Monday 10 November and the overtime ban proposed to commence on Tuesday 11 November.
Further information will be issued on Monday via this website. All PCS reps are asked to pass this message on to members.
Letter from Gus O'Donnell
Mark Serwotka, general secretary
7 November 2008,
Following the constructive discussions between yourselves and my officials, I am writing to confirm that I am prepared to agree, pusuant to Section 234(1) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, to a 28 day extension to the limitation of your current mandate for initiating industrial action. This will extend the period of validity to midnight on 11 December 2008, allowing your colleagues and officials to take forward discussions to address the concerns that form the basis of your current dispute.
Sir Gus O'Donnell, KCB
Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service