Royal Mail se­cures court or­der halt­ing strike plan

Union must go to ‘ex­ter­nal me­di­a­tion’

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY ALAN JONES

The Royal Mail has won a court in­junc­tion halt­ing a planned 48-hour strike by postal work­ers but still faces the threat of in­dus­trial ac­tion be­fore Christ­mas.

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 lon­grun­ning row over pen­sions, pay and jobs.

It would have been the first na­tional walk­out since Royal Mail was pri­va­tised four years ago.

Royal Mail ar­gued in the High Court that the union was in breach of its con­trac­tual obli­ga­tion not to call for strike ac­tion un­til an agreed ex­ter­nal me­di­a­tion process was held. Mr Jus­tice Sup­per­stone granted the or­der, say­ing: “I con­sider the strike call to be un­law­ful and the de­fen­dant is obliged to with­draw its strike call un­til the ex­ter­nal me­di­a­tion process has been ex­hausted.”

The Royal Mail said the me­di­a­tion process will take close to Christ­mas to be com­pleted, and may be longer, but CWU of­fi­cials warned that in­dus­trial ac­tion could still take place be­fore Christ­mas.

Gen­eral ec­re­tary Dave Ward said: “The com­pany are de­luded if they be­lieve their court­room pol­i­tics will re­solve this dis­pute. In­stead the com­pany’s ac­tions will have the com­plete op­po­site ef­fect. Postal work­ers’ at­ti­tude will harden.”

DEMO: Postal work­ers demon­strate out­side the High Court in Lon­don yes­ter­day be­fore the hear­ing of their case

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