Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Royal Mail wins High Court injunction to block 48-hour strike

Royal Mail wins High Court injunction to block 48-hour strike

Royal Mail's request for a High Court injunction to halt strikes called by the CWU starting on the 19th October at 11am for 48 hours has been granted.

The ballot is part of a flurry of union activity this autumn as public sector and health workers discuss the possibility of industrial action.

Royal Mail argues that the strike would be unlawful if the Communication Workers Union (CWU) did not follow dispute resolution procedures.

But the High Court today sided with Royal Mail's contention that the proposed industrial action was in breach of a side agreement mandating further actions must first take place. The judged ruled that pressing ahead with the strike without following the dispute resolution procedures, which include involving an external party to mediate on talks, would be unlawful. The company claimed that under an agreement with the union the CWU must enter mediation with Royal Mail before embarking on industrial action.

Royal Mail said it would now begin the process of external mediation, which is likely to take at least until the end of the year to complete.


'The mediation process will take close to Christmas to be completed, and may be longer.

Dave Ward, the union's general secretary, said 'The company are deluded if they believe their court room politics will resolve this dispute.

"Postal workers' attitude towards the company will harden and it makes us more determined than ever to defend our members pensions, jobs, service and achieve our objectives. We must work together to save it", he said.

'Unless the company significantly shifts its position on a range of issues and we can quickly conclude a good agreement for our members then strike action is inevitable.

The court action is the latest twist in a bitter row between the union and Royal Mail.

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