Royal Mail wins strike in­junc­tion

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY JAN COLLEY

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

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 an in­junc­tion is ap­pro­pri­ate to pre­vent the de­lib­er­ate in­con­ve­nienc­ing of hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple across the UK, and 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 yes­ter­day af­ter a hear­ing at Lon­don’s High Court.

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