CWU defiant ahead of High Court appearance

UPDATE: The High Court has closed for the day. The case will continue in the morning.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward is defiant ahead of today’s High Court hearing into whether his union’s strike action at Royal Mail is lawful.

The company is seeking an injunction to stop the strike, claiming the ballot – in which 97% of members voted for strike action – had “potential irregularities”. It wants the court to rule the ballot was “unlawful and, therefore, null and void”.

But the CWU accuses the company of taking a “speculative and desperate case”.

Writing in today’s Mirror, he said: “The CWU will defend this action. The ballot result, one of the biggest in Trade Union history, was on the back of an outstanding campaign which we are rightly proud of as a union. The legal challenge by Royal Mail is not about, as they claim, defending the democracy of the country. The CWU are desperate for a general election because we know our members and the country need real change.

“We are ready to fight back. Our members have been incredible and their resilience and inspirational strength will see us deliver an agreement they can be proud of – however long it takes. Let me be absolutely clear to the Royal Mail Board: Your actions will not resolve the dispute – you have simply made the workforce angrier and the CWU and our members will not be moved.”

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