Oct 12, 2017

Royal Mail court victory blocks postal strike

Royal Mail has won a legal case to block a 48-hour national strike by postal workers that was planned for next week. Royal Mail argued that the CWU is legally bound to enter into a dispute resolution mechanism, involving an external mediator, as part of a 2013 agreement between the two parties aimed at ensuring industrial stability. "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 news wire reported him as saying. The CWU has previously said talks with Royal Mail's management had lasted 18 months, including the use of an external mediator, and insisted that the process was already "Exhausted". The strike was due to start on Thursday 19 October at 11am and would have been the first since Royal Mail was privatised in 2013.

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