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UK News Royal Mail takes legal action to stop its postal workers striking in run-up to general election and Christmas

13:00  08 november  2019
13:00  08 november  2019 Source:   thisismoney.co.uk

Royal Mail legal bid to block strikes in run-up to Christmas reaches High Court

  Royal Mail legal bid to block strikes in run-up to Christmas reaches High Court The company wants an injunction to stop planned walkouts by Communication Workers Union (CWU) members.The company is taking legal action against the Communication Workers Union (CWU) over planned walkouts.

Royal Mail is seeking a High Court injunction to stop a postal strike , claiming that the ballot of workers had "potential irregularities". A strike threatens to disrupt postal voting in the run - up to the general election as well as Christmas post . Royal Mail union votes in favour of strike action .

“ Royal Mail is also making this application because of the damage industrial action would do to the company and its customers in the run - up to Christmas .” The application will argue that CWU officials broke the rules for a postal ballot of its membership, which stipulate the process should take place in

Royal Mail is seeking an injunction from the High Court to block its workers from striking in the run-up to the general election and over Christmas.

The group is embroiled in a bitter dispute with the Communication Workers Union over pay and working conditions.

Royal Mail claims there were 'potential irregularities in the ballot', allegedly making the vote to strike last month unlawful.

a red double decker buses parked in a parking lot: To the courts: Royal Mail is seeking an injunction from the High Court to block its workers from striking over the general election and Christmas © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited To the courts: Royal Mail is seeking an injunction from the High Court to block its workers from striking over the general election and Christmas

Royal Mail said: 'The company believes the evidence demonstrates that CWU officials, including co-ordination and direction at a senior level, have planned and orchestrated breaches of their legal obligations.'

Royal Mail says union rejects strike offer as UK election looms

  Royal Mail says union rejects strike offer as UK election looms Royal Mail says union rejects strike offer as UK election looms"The CWU has said it is not prepared to take up this offer made by Royal Mail," a Royal Mail statement on Monday said.

The Communication Workers Union has given its clearest indication to date that there will be industrial action at Royal Mail in the run - up to Christmas and ”As you are asking me now, I don’t think there is absolutely any doubt whatsoever that we will be giving [the company] notice and we will be taking

ROYAL Mail insisted yesterday it will prioritise general election -related mail in the event of a threatened postal strike . Communications Workers Union (CWU) members have voted for a pre- Christmas strike , accusing bosses of failing to live up to an agreement reached last year over

It added bosses have found 'at least 72' UK sites where staff were being asked to intercept and remove their ballot papers from mail coming into their delivery offices, before they were delivered to their homes.

The company added it had evidence of workers 'being instructed to vote 'yes' and being encouraged to do so in groups; and being encouraged to open their ballot papers on site, mark them as 'yes', with their colleagues present and filming or photographing them doing so, before posting their ballots together at their workplace postboxes.'

Royal Mail's procedures state employees cannot open their mail at delivery offices without the prior authorisation of their manager.

Royal Mail said it is seeking an interim order to block the strike ballot, which was overwhelmingly supported by union members last month, because the 'integrity and legal soundness' of the vote was 'vital', especially in the run up to the election on 12 December.

No letters to Santa?: Royal Mail seeks to block strike as election, Christmas looms

  No letters to Santa?: Royal Mail seeks to block strike as election, Christmas looms No letters to Santa?: Royal Mail seeks to block strike as election, Christmas loomsRoyal Mail said on Friday it would apply for an interim order from the UK High Court, stating it believed the strike ballot had been unlawful, as it seeks to avert the first national strike by its workers in a decade.

Royal Mail said the Communications Workers Union (CWU) had rejected its offer aimed at On Twitter, it said its strike ballot was called well before the election , and that if a previous "In the event of industrial action in the run up to a General Election , election mail will be our number one priority.

The company is taking legal action in an attempt to stop postal workers walking out this month. Royal Mail workers are set to strike for 48 hours from 19 October in protest over pensions, wages The union said the company's move to reform workers ' pensions meant its members would lose up

In a press release published by its online Twitter page this morning, the CWU responded and said: '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, 12 November 2019.'

a sign on a brick wall: In a press release published by its online Twitter page this morning, the CWU responded and said: 'The CWU completely rejects and denies this claim in the strongest terms' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In a press release published by its online Twitter page this morning, the CWU responded and said: 'The CWU completely rejects and denies this claim in the strongest terms'

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.'

Ward accused the Royal Mail of '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.'

South Western Railway strike: Christmas chaos on railways as general election campaign looks set for wave of walk-outs

  South Western Railway strike: Christmas chaos on railways as general election campaign looks set for wave of walk-outs The general election campaign looks set to coincide with a wave of strike action by railway workers and university staffWorkers on South Western Railway are to strike for 27 days in a long-running dispute over guards on trains.

Crippling action : Royal Mail said a strike in the weeks before Christmas , its busiest time of the year, would significantly damage the company. ‘ Royal Mail will do all that we can to protect our business and our customers' mail . We will work hard to minimise the impact of any industrial action on our

The Communication Workers Union has told Royal Mail 's management that it plans to launch a court case by Wednesday to stop the employment of An agency breaching the regulations is liable to prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000. The CWU has pointed out that the Department for Work and

Today, Royal Mail said: 'The company has previously written to CWU on two occasions. It provided CWU with the information on which this application is based.

'Undertakings were sought from CWU that, given the clear evidence of breaches of the Trade Unions and Labour Regulations (Consolidation) Act 1992 ('TULRCA'), it would refrain from industrial action. No such undertakings were given.'

Shane O’Riordain, managing director of regulation and corporate affairs at Royal Mail, said: 'Royal Mail has written to CWU on a number of occasions.

'On each occasion, we have said that, if the union provides a binding commitment to remove the threat of strike action for the rest of 2019, we will enter into discussions without preconditions.

'We will also extend the life of the ballot result by the same amount of time as the pause on industrial action. The CWU has so far declined to take up this offer. We continue to stand ready to engage with the CWU, on the basis that it makes this binding commitment.

'We continue to believe a binding commitment from the CWU to remove the threat of strike action during the period of any general election is vital to ensuring a seamless electoral process in relation to postal votes.'

Members of the CWU last month voted by 97 per cent in favour of a nationwide strike, claiming the company had failed to adhere to an employment deal agreed last year. Royal Mail rejected these claims.

A High Court hearing into Royal Mail's application for the injunction is expected to be heard early next week.

Industrial relations at the company have worsened this year, with frequent unofficial strikes breaking out.

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