Industrial relations update: injunction confirmed over unlawful CWU ballot

Updated 13 November 2019


The High Court has ruled that CWU's postal ballot of Royal Mail employees for industrial action was unlawful. This means no industrial action can take place until a new ballot is completed, resulting in a vote in favour of industrial action. 

We tried to reach resolution outside the courts. We asked CWU to confirm it would hold back from taking industrial action, based on clear evidence of planned and orchestrated breaches by their officials. CWU declined to do so, and we then had no option but to resort to legal action. 

We are still ready to engage with the CWU. If the union agrees to remove the threat of strike action until the rest of 2019, we will kickstart discussions without preconditions. We feel a commitment to remove the threat of strike action during any general election is vital.

It's business as usual at Royal Mail for all services. Be assured that we continue to accept, process and deliver as normal. 

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