Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Royal Mail's High Court injunction blocks postal workers stirke

Royal Mail's High Court injunction blocks postal workers stirke

A national postal strike at Royal Mail next week has been called off after a High Court judge ruled it was illegal.

A week ago workers from the Communication Workers Union served notice to the FTSE 250 company that staff will strike for 48 hours from noon on 19 October due to a dispute over pensions and pay.

Royal Mail applauded the decision - giving them time to try to call off the strike altogether.

'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 CWU in turn claimed it has been attempting to find a solution to the dispute for 18 months.

Rival ParcelHero was quick to jump on Royal Mail's woes, warning any strike action could "cancel Christmas".

CWU general secretary Dave Ward said last week that the dispute was a "watershed" moment that would determine not only members' pensions, jobs and pay but also the future of the UK's postal service. The vote was a test for the union after the introduction of the Trade Union Act, which requires strike ballots to have a 50% turnout.

"Industrial action is damaging for our business". That means strike action in the run-up to the busy festive period now appears unlikely.

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".

The postal services company said the United Kingdom higher court has ruled that contractual dispute resolution procedures under the Agenda for Growth must be followed before industrial action can take place.

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 first step is selecting a mediator acceptable to Royal Mail and the CWU from a panel that was agreed by both parties", he said.

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