UK News Royal Mail wins injunction preventing postal workers’ 48-hour strike

19:15  12 october  2017
19:15  12 october  2017 Source:   Press Association

Next week's Royal Mail strike blocked by court

  Next week's Royal Mail strike blocked by court Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction preventing next week's 48-hour strike by postal workers. Members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) were set to walk out from 19 October in what would have been the first national postal strike since Royal Mail was privatised in 2013.Staff had voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a long-running dispute over pensions, pay and jobs.Union leaders claim they have been trying to find a solution to the impasse for 18 months.

The Royal Mail has won an injunction preventing next week’s 48 - hour strike by postal workers . Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) were set to walk out from October 19 after voting massively in favour of industrial action in a long-running row.over pensions, pay and jobs.

The Royal Mail has won an injunction preventing next week’s 48 - hour strike by postal workers . Postal workers protesting outside the High Court imposed an injunction against striker action (Stefan Rousseau/PA).

Postal worker: The Royal Mail has won an injunction preventing next week's 48-hour strike by postal workers (Andrew Milligan/PA) © Provided by The Press Association The Royal Mail has won an injunction preventing next week's 48-hour strike by postal workers (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The Royal Mail has won an injunction preventing next week’s 48-hour strike by postal workers.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) were set to walk out from October 19 after voting massively in favour of industrial action in a long-running row.over pensions, pay and jobs

The strike would have been the first national walkout since Royal Mail was privatised four years ago.

Royal Mail says that CWU is in breach of its contractual obligation not to call for strike action until the external mediation process, which began on October 5, is exhausted.

It claims that an injunction is appropriate to prevent the deliberate inconveniencing of hundreds of thousands of people across the UK, as well as commercial loss to the company.

The union maintains it has been attempting to find a solution to the dispute for 18 months.

Mr Justice Supperstone granted the order on Thursday after a hearing at London’s High Court.

Royal Mail worker © Provided by The Press Association Royal Mail worker

He said: “I consider the strike call to be unlawful and the defendant is obliged to withdraw its strike call until the external mediation process has been exhausted.”

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