Royal Mail wins court injunction to prevent strike

Royal Mail filed an injunction with the High Court on Monday to stop strikes planned for next week

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.

Lawyers for the Communication Workers Union failed to rebuff an attempt at the Royal Courts of Justice to stop a 48-hour walkout from 19 October.

But the Royal Mail, which was privatised four years ago, wants to replace it with a modified defined benefit or defined contribution pension scheme. 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 that members of the CWU said that because no external mediation process had taken place they are therefore they would be in breach of their contract.

He said: "The company are deluded if they believe their court room politics will resolve this dispute".

Reacting at the time the company said: "A ballot result for industrial action does not necessarily mean there will be industrial action".

Royal Mail workers voted for the strike after opposing a move to "unilaterally" replace its pension scheme.

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"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. We're going in there with a 90% vote for action and whatever happens today we'll be walking out of here with a 90% vote for action".

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

The Royal Mail was facing its first national strike action since it was privatisedWhen is the Royal Mail strike?

The postal services company said the United Kingdom higher court has ruled that contractual dispute resolution procedures under the Agenda for Growth must be followed before industrial action can take place.

In the wake of the ruling, Royal Mail said it would make contact with the CWU "as a matter of urgency".

The Agenda for Growth is a balanced agreement which gives significant protections to Royal Mail employees. "We want to reach an agreement".

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