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Christmas postal strike still on the cards

15 Nov 2019, 08:34

https://www.freepressseries.co.uk/news/ ... ill-cards/

A CHRISTMAS postal strike could still be on the cards, despite a judge ruling to block industrial action by Royal Mail workers.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) had voted to back walkouts by 97 per cent in a row over job security and employment terms.

Yesterday, Wednesday, Mr Justice Swift granted Royal mail an injunction on the strike, saying there was "improper interference" by the union with a strike ballot, because members had been encouraged to remove their voting papers from work before they were delivered to their home addresses.

But CWU general secretary Dave Ward said the union will do everything in its power to oppose the decision, including appealing against the judgment after guidance from its lawyers, re-balloting and launching a "huge leverage campaign" with major shareholders against the company's actions.

Royal Mail said it was pleased with the outcome and was willing to enter talks with the union, provided it made a "binding commitment" that any strike action would not disrupt the snap General Election on Thursday, December 12.

The court heard members were encouraged by the CWU to remove their voting papers from work, vote immediately and then share images on social media of themselves returning their ballots via the nearest postbox.

Mr Justice Swift found that the union's actions amounted to "improper interference" with the ballot and breached rules governing industrial action.

He said: "What the CWU did in this case was ... a form of subversion of the ballot process."

The judge said the union "took advantage" of members' employment as postal workers to "encourage" them to take their voting papers from work before they were delivered to their homes, and vote while at work.

He said the circumstances were "likely to be unique" to industrial disputes between Royal Mail and its employees, because they can access their post at work.


The judge also said the potential for strike action to affect the General Election, because of possible delays to postal votes, tipped the balance in favour of granting an injunction.

But he found the union did not breach the rules by encouraging members to vote early and to share their "mass postings" on social media.

The union previously said the result of the ballot, which was open between September 24 and October 15, represented the largest "yes vote" for national industrial action since the passing of the Trade Union Act 2016.

Speaking after the ruling, Mr Ward said: "We will be considering the judge's detailed reasons for this but we want to make it clear that the only thing this union, its representatives and its members have done is to run a fantastic modern-day campaign to engage and encourage workers to defend their jobs.

"This injunction is not only a massive injustice to our members, it's also an injustice to every worker in the country.

"We all need to wake up and recognise that this Tory government has deliberately stacked the rules against workers in favour of the constituency they were born to serve, which is big business and the establishment."


Shane O'Riordain, Royal Mail's managing director of regulation and corporate affairs, said: "We are very pleased with the outcome today.

"We wish it had never come to court, we asked to resolve this with the CWU without resorting to court action, but we are pleased with the outcome."

He added: "We also want to say now to the CWU that our offer, to get onto the table and to talk about issues on the basis of a binding commitment from the union that there will not be industrial action in the run-up to a general election, that remains in place."

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

16 Nov 2019, 00:42

TrueBlueTerrier wrote:https://www.freepressseries.co.uk/news/18036534.christmas-postal-strike-still-cards/
The judge also said the potential for strike action to affect the General Election, because of possible delays to postal votes, tipped the balance in favour of granting an injunction.

But he found the union did not breach the rules by encouraging members to vote early and to share their "mass postings" on social media.



So we can go on strike if there was no election??? wtf

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

16 Nov 2019, 12:08

It’s strange that Parcelforce haven’t set a strike date yet. What are they waiting for?

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

16 Nov 2019, 15:18

Looks like a goodwill gesture from CWU to help get RM to show some back and maybe start being reasonable

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

16 Nov 2019, 19:04

Cant the CWU do some sort of compromise to not affect the Election? Not strike around the December dates? I know the Ballot was called before an Election was called but it beggars belief that the Judge mentioned this in his ruling.

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

16 Nov 2019, 19:33

wookie wrote:Cant the CWU do some sort of compromise to not affect the Election? Not strike around the December dates? I know the Ballot was called before an Election was called but it beggars belief that the Judge mentioned this in his ruling.


The election being called was just a convenient excuse for RM to go to court. All RM are interested in is delaying any IA until after Christmas pressure, then Back will really try to turn the screw on the workforce.

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

16 Nov 2019, 19:35

celtic1967 wrote:
wookie wrote:Cant the CWU do some sort of compromise to not affect the Election? Not strike around the December dates? I know the Ballot was called before an Election was called but it beggars belief that the Judge mentioned this in his ruling.


The election being called was just a convenient excuse for RM to go to court. All RM are interested in is delaying any IA until after Christmas pressure, then Back will really try to turn the screw on the workforce.

The injunction was'nt granted just because of the election though.

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

16 Nov 2019, 20:08

aiden01 wrote:
celtic1967 wrote:
wookie wrote:Cant the CWU do some sort of compromise to not affect the Election? Not strike around the December dates? I know the Ballot was called before an Election was called but it beggars belief that the Judge mentioned this in his ruling.


The election being called was just a convenient excuse for RM to go to court. All RM are interested in is delaying any IA until after Christmas pressure, then Back will really try to turn the screw on the workforce.

The injunction was'nt granted just because of the election though.


Probably 99% general election, 1% senior manager witness statement.

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

17 Nov 2019, 15:02

celtic1967 wrote:
wookie wrote:Cant the CWU do some sort of compromise to not affect the Election? Not strike around the December dates? I know the Ballot was called before an Election was called but it beggars belief that the Judge mentioned this in his ruling.


The election being called was just a convenient excuse for RM to go to court. All RM are interested in is delaying any IA until after Christmas pressure, then Back will really try to turn the screw on the workforce.


I am not sure who would do this job in their own vehicle for minimum wage. It's barely worth doing this job on the current wage in current circumstances.

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

18 Nov 2019, 18:57

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So we can go on strike if there was no election??? wtf[/quote]

'cos it's worth £30 mill to RM...WHICH MIGHT GO SOMEWAY TO PAYING THAT £50 MILL FINE TO WHISTL :coolr

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

18 Nov 2019, 21:01

Unless the CWU win the appeal (have they actually filled an appeal yet) then there's no chance of a strike before xmas. It's been mentioned in another thread about a 6 week time frame for a ballot which would place any potential strike as being after Boxing Day at the earliest

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

19 Nov 2019, 01:01

SpacePhoenix wrote:Unless the CWU win the appeal (have they actually filled an appeal yet) then there's no chance of a strike before xmas.


No sign of an appeal yet which is puzzling! I would love to read the transcript of last week's hearing so I can have the full picture. CWU's limited and selective response regarding the judgement that went against us, does not tally up. I wouldn't like to think that we have been lied to by Ward, Kearns, Pullinger and Webb but inevitably I'm beginning to believe more and more that the union are not very truthful with their members. A fish always starts stinking from its head. What is going on?

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

19 Nov 2019, 12:21

aiden01 wrote:
celtic1967 wrote:
wookie wrote:Cant the CWU do some sort of compromise to not affect the Election? Not strike around the December dates? I know the Ballot was called before an Election was called but it beggars belief that the Judge mentioned this in his ruling.


The election being called was just a convenient excuse for RM to go to court. All RM are interested in is delaying any IA until after Christmas pressure, then Back will really try to turn the screw on the workforce.

The injunction was'nt granted just because of the election though.


I'm not saying it was but that it gave them an easy reason to pursue

Christmas postal strike still on the cards

19 Nov 2019, 20:54

It didn't matter whether the General Election or our strike ballot was announced first. There was never going to be a chance that a strike would be allowed to disrupt a 'democratic' General Election in this country. If it wasn't the partially trumped up allegations from RM then pressure or a ruling would have come from another source. It could have been that pressure on RM might have brought us some concessions or a kind of deal from RM but we will never know thanks to a number of union hotheads using social media.

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