Royal Mail heads to High Court to fight off union’s strike threat

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ROYAL Mail raced to the High Court yesterday to block threats by the Communication Workers Unions to boycott the delivery of about half the letters it delivers.

The move came after Royal Mail workers voted against the government’s proposals to privatise the postal group. Of the 112,000 workers who voted – a 74 per cent turnout – 96 per cent rejected the plan. The firm obtained an injunction to head off moves by the union towards full blown industrial action. A court hearing is now scheduled for 28 June to decide the legality of any potential industrial action. The union yesterday said members voted unanimously for a preliminary proposal to stop delivering so-called access mail, which are letters from competitors delivered by the Royal Mail.

A full ballot may follow.

Business minister Michael Fallon said he was “disappointed” CWU members had not backed the privatisation.