Oct 12, 2017

Royal Mail wins court battle as judge rules strike is illegal

Royal Mail has won an injunction to block next week's two-day postal strike, the first nationwide walkout at the service since its privatisation. The Royal Mail successfully argued that the Communication Workers Union, whose 110,000 members had voted strongly in favour of industrial action, had not entered into a dispute resolution mechanism involving an external mediator, as required under a prior agreement between the two parties. "We will not allow Royal Mail to string out the process beyond the minimum required period," it added. There had been fears that strike action could disrupt deliveries of letters and parcels in the run-up to Christmas, which is Royal Mail's busiest period. Royal Mail said the next step would be to select a mediator acceptable to both parties from a panel agreed as part of the 'Agenda for Growth' pact struck in 2013, just before Royal Mail's controversial stock market flotation.

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