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“Our argument yesterday was that 18 months of talks were plenty of time for mediation but the judge has made a decision and that will be abided by.”
The ballot on strike action, held earlier this month, saw 73.7% of postal workers turn out — surpassing the legal requirement of 50% — and 89% of them back a walkout.
However, with the decision of the ballot remaining valid for up to six months, Mr Storrie has not ruled out potential future action. He said: “We won’t need to have another ballot after the talks.
“That lasts for six months so we won’t have to ballot again if nothing comes from the mediation. We’re still upbeat about the situation.
“The court’s decision won’t take away the fact that we had the ballot. The law was designed to put obstacles in our way. However, we hope the mediation brings out something.”
Talks between the CWU and Royal Mail could last until Christmas, potentially averting a crisis in the postal service.
A spokesman for Royal Mail said: “We will now make contact with the CWU as a matter of urgency to begin the process of external mediation.
“The first step is selecting a mediator acceptable to Royal Mail and the CWU from a panel that was agreed by both parties.” KIRKCALDY MSP David Torrance showed support for Women and Girls in Sport Week during a visit to Kirkcaldy Shotokan Karate.
New statistics show karate to be one of the fastest growing sports for girls in Scotland, with the number of participants rising from 9,915 to 34,544 between 2012 and 2017.
Trade union boss Rab Storrie, right, has not ruled out strike action.