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

14:06  08 november  2019
14:06  08 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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.

Royal Mail Plc is asking a U.K. court to block a strike that threatens to throw the world’s oldest postal service into disarray ahead of next month’s general election and the busy Christmas holiday Royal Mail is trying to ward off a walkout that would hurt earnings during a peak period for postal services.

Royal Mail said it was 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. Royal Mail have made an application

a flock of birds sitting on top of a tree: FILE PHOTO: A Royal Mail post box stands on the edge of a field near Lymm, northern England. © Reuters/Phil Noble FILE PHOTO: A Royal Mail post box stands on the edge of a field near Lymm, northern England.

By Noor Zainab Hussain

(Reuters) - Britain's Royal Mail will go to court to block a potential strike by its biggest union, due to be held around the time of the national election on Dec. 12 and in the traditionally busy run-up to Christmas.

Royal 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.

The CWU last month voted by 97% in favour of a nationwide strike, saying the company had failed to adhere to a pension deal agreed last year. Royal Mail said it had honoured the deal.

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Royal Mail said the Communications Workers Union (CWU) had rejected its offer aimed at avoiding strike action for the rest of the year, a move that could We will invest significant resource to seek to ensure a seamless process for the handling of postal election material," Shane O'Riordain, Royal

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The union has not given exact dates of when a strike could take place, but Royal Mail has said the planned strike could affect deliveries of postal votes at the election and Christmas deliveries.

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"Royal Mail have made an application to take us to the High Court. They claim there are irregularities with our ballot. We clearly refute this and will be represented. A hearing will possibly be on Tuesday," the CWU said in a tweet on Friday.

The CWU on Monday rejected an offer from Royal Mail.

The company has told the union that if it removed the threat of strike action for the rest of 2019, the company would enter talks without preconditions. CWU in turn called Royal Mail's offer a "stunt" which the union would not fall for.

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

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

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. The Communications Workers Union said it "refutes" Royal

Royal Mail said the Communications Workers Union (CWU) had rejected its offer aimed at avoiding strike action for the rest of the year, a move that could We will invest significant resource to seek to ensure a seamless process for the handling of postal election material," Shane O'Riordain, Royal

It would be the first national postal strike since thousands of postal workers went on strike in October https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-royalmail/second-wave-of-postal-strikes-starts-idUKTRE59R4DK20091029 2009, creating a massive backlog of undelivered letters and forcing Royal Mail to hire temporary staff to cope with the strike and the Christmas rush.

In 2017, Royal Mail blocked a strike by the union, winning a High Court injunction preventing action during the crucial pre-Christmas delivery period.

In February last year Royal Mail and the CWU reached an agreement to end a nearly 10-month dispute over plans to replace the firm's defined benefit pension scheme - the agreement the union now says the company has not adhered to.

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Royal Mail's daily delivery service of letters and parcels in the UK could be affected by strike action as the service forms the bulk of the company's business, which also includes e-commerce operations. Parcelforce Worldwide, Royal Mail's express courier parcel service, has been excluded from CWU's ballot.

The election could be affected as postal votes accounted for around 18% of votes cast in the last election in 2017, according to figures from the Electoral Commission.

A strike could come at a time when Royal Mail faces the threat of renationalisation from the opposition Labour Party, which also plans to return utilities and train companies to public ownership.

Royal Mail made its London market debut 1 in 2013 - at the time Britain's biggest privatisation for 20 years. The CWU had been extremely vocal in its opposition to the privatisation. (Read story https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-royalmail-results/royal-mail-profit-soars-before-privatisation-idUKBRE94K0CG2013052)

(Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham and Susan Fenton)

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