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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.

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