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Royal Mail launches legal battle to stop Christmas post strike

Yahoo! Finance UK logo Yahoo! Finance UK 4 days ago Tom Belger
a red and white sign: Snow on a Royal Mail van in Glasgow, as Britain saw one of the coldest nights of the year with temperatures falling to minus 12.3C at Loch Glascarnoch in the Scottish Highlands. Snow on a Royal Mail van in Glasgow, as Britain saw one of the coldest nights of the year with temperatures falling to minus 12.3C at Loch Glascarnoch in the Scottish Highlands.

Royal Mail has announced a legal battle to stop its workers going on strike in the run-up to Christmas, urging the High Court to rule the industrial action is “unlawful.”

The company said it had already submitted evidence that union officials had “planned and orchestrated breaches of their legal obligations” in how they held the ballots for action.

But the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) said it “clearly refute” the claims.

The walkout would spark a major headache for the company and the public at one of the busiest periods of the year, with fears over Christmas and election postal vote deliveries.

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Members of the union voted for a national strike last month with 97% support, over disputed claims the company had failed to stick to a pension deal agreed last year.

Royal Mail said in a statement on Friday evidence included union members “being instructed to vote "yes" and being encouraged to do so in groups.”

It claimed workers were also encouraged to “intercept” and open ballot papers at their delivery offices rather than their homes before voting and posting them back “with their colleagues present and filming or photographing them.”

Royal Mail is seeking an interim order from the court to block any CWU action until it has conducted a lawful ballot, on the basis the alleged issues with the recent vote make it “null and void.”

“The company believes there are potential irregularities in the ballot, which would render it unlawful,” it said.

The CWU responded on Twitter: “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. We will comment further shortly but RT if you support your postal worker.”

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