Royal Mail halts 48-hour walkout after obtaining high court injunction

Marco Green
October 12, 2017

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) was planning a mass 48-hour strike however, Royal Mail won an injunction at the High Court Thursday afternoon, blocking the largest postal stirke in eight years. Staff were also considering action during the Black Friday retail sales event next month or during the festive season.

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

Last week, the CWU notified Royal Mail of its intention to strike for the first time since the 501-year-old firm was privatised in 2013.

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The CWU's Mr Pullinger said: "This ballot result is hugely significant and demonstrates a strength of feeling that can only be translated as a massive vote of no confidence in the managerial leadership of the Royal Mail Group and the direction that they advocate".

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

In the wake of the ruling, Royal Mail said it would make contact with the CWU "as a matter of urgency".

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

More than 100 postal workers including Dave Ward, the CWU's general secretary, gathered outside the high court for the verdict. The court's final injunction means that any strike action before the dispute resolution procedures have been followed would be unlawful.

CWU disagreed, calling Royal Mail's legal challenge "underhanded" and "a deliberate attempt to misinterpret and use the agreement to stop postal workers exercising our right to strike".

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