‘Dispute postponed – not cancelled’


Defiant cheers greeted CWU leaders this afternoon as they vowed to fight on despite a legal ruling against us at the Royal Court of Justice.

Royal Mail’s legal bid for an injunction preventing the union from striking next week was granted by the judge, Justice Supperstone, in a verdict, which our general secretary Dave Ward said would make members “disappointed and angry.”

The company had “acted in bad faith,” said Dave, adding that the injunction granted had set a formal timetable for negotiations and that, unless the company shifted it’s position “significantly and quickly” they would soon have to face “the reality of industrial action.”

Deputy general secretary Terry Pullinger accused the business of “trying to stop the democratic rights of our members.

“But they haven’t cancelled this dispute, they’ve just postponed the dispute,” Terry added.

And in a stern warning to the people at the top of Royal Mail, the DGSP said that unless the renewed negotiations achieved a fair deal, “the industrial action will be back on.”

* the union’s national leadership will meet as soon as possible to discuss the next steps forward.

*For the avoidance of doubt the strike action planned for 19/20 October has been withdrawn.