Royal Mail Dispute – Legal Proceedings

To: All Branches

Dear Colleague

Royal Mail Dispute – Legal Proceedings

The purpose of this LTB is to confirm to CWU branches, representatives and members that Royal Mail has served notice of legal proceedings against the union. This morning the company is making a formal application to the High Court seeking an injunction to invalidate our national ballot and claim damages against the union. Royal Mail’s claim is essentially based on allegations that the union, its representatives and members, have interfered with the ballot process in contravention of the 2015 Trade Union Act.

The CWU completely rejects and denies this claim in the strongest terms and we will contest the claim at a High Court hearing on Tuesday, 12th November 2019.

It will be clear to all our members and everybody connected with Royal Mail and this dispute, that the CEO and his Board will go to any lengths to deny the democratic mandate of our members to stand together and fight for their future and the very future of UK Postal Services. Instead the company are pressing on regardless with their asset stripping plans to set up a separate Parcels business and let thousands upon thousands of jobs wither on the vine.

At the same time, the company refuses to engage in any meaningful discussions on their plans. We have made it clear that the union is available, including through the weekend, to meet Royal Mail anytime. The union will be setting out our position during the course of the day and providing further information to our members and to the media.

Any enquiries on the above LTB should be addressed to gsoffice@cwu.org. Yours sincerely

Dave Ward Tony Kearns Terry Pullinger

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