High Court backs Royal Mail's case for dispute resolution

High Court backs Royal Mail's case for dispute resolution

Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction to block a 48-hour strike planned by postal workers next week. The last mass industrial action among postal workers was in 2009.

Communication Workers' Union members were set to walk out at 11am on 19 October in a protest over pay, pensions and jobs.

Royal Mail, which was privatised four years ago, argued the CWU had missed a Monday deadline to remove the threat and agree to peace talks.

Today's ruling means that any strike action taken before the dispute resolution procedures have been followed would be unlawful.

When CWU did not call it off, Royal Mail lodged an injunction with the High Court, which was heard this morning.

He added: 'The contractual dispute resolution procedures must be followed before industrial action can take place.

'We are very committed to working closely with the union in order to reach agreement as a matter of priority'.

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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 must work together to save it", he said.

The company has written to the CWU invoking a "legally binding external mediation process", and reiterating that any industrial action would be unlawful.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward said last week that the dispute was a "watershed" moment that would determine not only members' pensions, jobs and pay but also the future of the UK's postal service.

'Instead the company's actions will have the complete opposite effect.

We'll update this post as we know more.

Royal Mail responded to the announcement by calling the action "illegal".

'Unless the company significantly shifts its position on a range of issues and we can quickly conclude a good agreement for our members then strike action is inevitable.

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