Royal Mail seeks injunction to stop CWU strike

CWU members at Chelmsford prepare to vote in the Royal Mail strike ballot. Pic from @CWUnews

Royal Mail is going to court in an attempt to stop the strike by CWU members.

Last month CWU members voted by 97% for strike action. This morning Royal Mail issued a statement saying: “Royal Mail will today make an application to the High Court for an interim order to injunct CWU with respect to its recent postal ballot of Royal Mail employees for industrial action.

“We believe that there are potential irregularities in the ballot, which would render it unlawful.”

In response, the CWU issued a statement saying: “Royal Mail has served notice of legal proceedings against the union. This morning the company is making a formal application to the High Court seeking an injunction to invalidate our national ballot and claim damages against the union. Royal Mail’s claim is essentially based on allegations that the union, its representatives and members, have interfered with the ballot process in contravention of the 2015 Trade Union Act.

“The CWU completely rejects and denies this claim in the strongest terms and we will contest the claim at a High Court hearing on Tuesday, 12th November. 2019.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward said: “It will be clear to all our members and everybody connected with Royal Mail and this dispute that the CEO and his board will go to any lengths to deny the democratic mandate of our members to stand together and fight for their future and the very future of UK postal services. Instead the company are pressing on regardless with their asset-stripping plans to set up a separate parcels business and let thousands upon thousands of jobs wither on the vine.

“At the same time, the company refuses to engage in any meaningful discussions on their plans. We have made it clear that the union is available, including through the weekend, to meet Royal Mail any time.”

ASLEF offered its solidarity to the CWU with a tweet: “ASLEF has also previously been dragged through the high court over ballots despite the overwhelming majority of members supporting industrial action If only employers spent as much time negotiating with the workforce as they did with their expensive lawyers.”

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