Postal strike off for now . . . but Xmas still at risk

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A NA­TIONAL postal strike sched­uled for next week has been called off after a High Court judge ruled it was il­le­gal.

But if peace talks fail, the next time one can take place is at the height of the preChrist­mas rush – threat­en­ing de­liv­er­ies of cards and gifts.

The mass walk­out – the first planned by work­ers at Royal Mail since it was pri­va­tised in 2013 – could now be pushed back by at least nine weeks.

Mr Jus­tice Sup­per­stone yes­ter­day blocked the strike after Royal Mail bosses ar­gued that it could not could take place un­less the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Work­ers Union first sat down for lengthy ar­bi­tra­tion talks, an agree­ment it signed up to four years ago.

Union mem­bers had over­whelm­ingly backed a call for strikes over pen­sions and pay. The 4 -hour walk­out was then set for next Thurs­day.

Royal Mail ap­plauded the court de­ci­sion, say­ing it would give it time to try to get the strike called off al­to­gether.

But Dave Ward, the union’s gen­eral sec­re­tary, said: ‘Un­less the com­pany sig­nif­i­cantly shifts its po­si­tion and we can quickly con­clude a good agree­ment for our mem­bers, strike ac­tion is in­evitable.’

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