Royal Mail secures court order halting strike plan
Court: Union must go to ‘external mediation’
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