Royal Mail wins court injunction to prevent strike

Lloyd Doyle
October 12, 2017

Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction preventing next week's 48-hour strike by postal workers.

The CWU had balloted 110,000 members, with 89.1 per cent supporting strike action on a 73.7 per cent turnout.

Royal Mail, which was privatised in 2013, is trying to modernise after years of underinvestment and has reduced layers of management, upgraded technology and cut its property bill.

"But sooner rather than later Royal Mail Group will have to confront the harsh reality that they are completely out of touch with the views of its workforce", CWU General Secretary Dave Ward said.

The CWU said that they have been trying to find a resolution to the dispute for 18 months, Royal Mail said that the injunction will prevent hundreds of thousands of people across the United Kingdom being inconvenienced.

The company has written to the CWU invoking a "legally binding external mediation process", and reiterating that any industrial action would be unlawful.

Royal Mail workers voted for the strike after opposing a move to "unilaterally" replace its pension scheme.

David Jinks, the head of consumer research from rival parcel firm ParcelHero, said: "If industrial action goes into the seasonal period it will have a huge impact". 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. It subsequently filed an injunction on Monday with the High Court.

The Labour MP Gill Furniss also pledged her support for the union, telling the protest: "Despite the draconian laws imposed on workers, the CWU well surpassed the thresholds and sent a clear message to the company".

In the wake of the ruling, Royal Mail said it would make contact with the CWU "as a matter of urgency". The mediation process will take close to Christmas to be completed, and may be longer.

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