Royal Mail wins injunction to stop strike

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Oct 13, 2017
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The Royal Mail said unions must follow dispute resolution procedures before taking strike action

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A High Court judge has blocked a planned strike at the Royal Mail, telling union officials yesterday that they must follow contractual dispute resolution procedures.

Mr Justice Supperstone granted mail bosses an injunction so that the proposed 48-hour strike planned for next week cannot go ahead.

Lawyers for the company had argued that the strike was unlawful because the Communication Workers Union had not followed dispute resolution processes. In a statement, the Royal Mail said the High Court ruled that legally-binding contractual procedures “must be followed before industrial action can take place”.

According to company, the court’s injunction means that any strike action before the dispute resolution procedures have been followed would be unlawful.

At a protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, where the injunction was granted, the union’s deputy general secretary, Terry Pullinger, described the application as Royal Mail’s “last throw of the dice”.

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