Nov 8, 2019

Royal Mail seeks court order over strike

Royal Mail, which in the run-up to Christmas and the general election faces its first nationwide walkouts in a decade, plans to seek a court order against the industry trade union, saying that the strike ballot was unlawful and therefore "Null and void". Evidence from Royal Mail includes workers being encouraged to open their ballot papers on site with their colleagues, rather than at home, and filming or taking pictures of their doing so before posting their ballots together at workplace postboxes. "Royal Mail's procedures make it clear that employees cannot open their mail at the delivery office without the prior authorisation of their manager.," it said. Royal Mail has written to CWU twice, making a plea to union bosses to restart talks in an attempt to avoid the strikes at Christmas. The statement on Friday said that Royal Mail requests that "Until CWU has conducted a lawful ballot, which results in a vote in favour of industrial action, it will not be able to serve notice of any action on Royal Mail".

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