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Royal Mail and CWU having their day in court

Royal Mail and CWU having their day in court

Royal Mail's request for a High Court injunction to halt strikes called by the CWU starting on the 19th October at 11am for 48 hours has been granted. Staff were also considering taking industrial action during the Black Friday retail sales event next month or during the festive season.

The CWU has said that Royal Mail's move to reform workers' pensions means that its members will lose up to a third of their retirement entitlements.

It would have been the first national strike since Royal Mail was privatised four years ago.

In Swindon and the surrounding area, more than 2,600 postal workers are expected to take part, while in the Bath area around 600 could go on strike. A date for a hearing will be arranged with the High Court.

"Royal Mail Group management have clearly moved away from the spirit and intent of our agreements and the empty promises of privatisation, and have suffered a huge vote of no confidence from their employees and CWU members as a outcome.

But sooner rather than later Royal Mail Group will have to confront the harsh reality that they are completely out of touch with the views of its workforce", CWU General Secretary Dave Ward said.

Ward said: "The company are deluded if they believe their courtroom politics will resolve this dispute".

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The Labour MP Gill Furniss pledged her support for the union, telling the protest: "Despite the draconian laws imposed on workers, the CWU well surpassed the thresholds and sent a clear message to the company".

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.

The Agenda for Growth is an agreement between the company and its employees.

The company has written to the Communication Workers Union invoking the legally-binding external mediation process under the dispute resolution procedures in its Agenda for Growth agreement.

Royal Mail said the action would be unlawful if the CWU did not follow dispute resolution procedures and, according to the BBC, Mr Justice Supperstone, who granted the injunction yesterday (12 October), asked that the "defendant withdraw its strike call until the external mediation process can be exhausted".