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

National strike looms after Royal Mail vote

  National strike looms after Royal Mail vote Postal workers have delivered a vote "overwhelmingly" in favour of the first national strike at Royal Mail since its controversial privatisation four years ago. The union said it would be legal as the result met the 50% turnout threshold needed for industrial action to go ahead under controversial new Government strike legislation.It was to decide its next move at a strategy meeting later this week but said the vote indicated a clear feeling among its members that bosses had lost the trust of its front-line staff and should step aside.

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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