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Royal Mail wins legal injunction to block strike

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Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction preventing next week’s planned 48-hour strike by postal workers.

The firm had applied to block the industrial action orchestrated by the Communication Workers Union after claiming it was “unlawful” because the union had failed to follow previously agreed upon dispute resolution procedures.

CWU disagreed, calling Royal Mail’s legal challenge “underhanded” and “a deliberate attempt to misinterpret and use the agreement to stop postal workers exercising our right to strike”.

Royal Mail had given CWU a deadline of 12 noon on Monday to call off the strike, which was planned for October 19 and 20. 

When CWU did not call it off, Royal Mail lodged an injunction with the High Court, which was heard this morning. The judged ruled that pressing ahead with the strike without following the dispute resolution procedures, which include involving an external party to mediate on talks, would be unlawful.

Royal Mail said it would now begin the process of external mediation, which is likely to take at least until the end of the year to complete.

“We are very committed to working closely with the CWU in order to reach agreement as a matter of priority,” the firm said.

But CWU deputy general secretary Terry Pullinger slammed Royal Mail for “playing politics” rather than engaging with the union to reach an agreement.

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