12 October 2007
Injunction: Strikes SUSPENDED.
SUSPENSION OF PLANNED INDUSTRIAL ACTION SCHEDULED FOR 18.00 HOURS MONDAY 15TH OCTOBER UNTIL 1800 HOURS TUESDAY 16TH OCTOBER AND OF THAT SCHEDULED FOR 03.00 HOURS TUESDAY 16TH OCTOBER UNTIL 03.00 HOURS WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER.
CWU were informed this afternoon that Royal Mail was seeking an injunction in lieu of a full hearing to prevent industrial action taking place next Monday/Tuesday 15/16th October and Tuesday/Wednesday 16/17th October.
At 6.00 p.m. today – Friday 12th October - our lawyers advised the General Secretary that Royal Mail had been successful in obtaining the injunction. The Union was represented by John Hendy QC, together with Binder Bansell, Pattinson Brewer who vigorously defended the action in the Court. Despite this the injunction was granted.
The Court has restrained the Union from calling out its members in Mail Centres and Delivery Offices on Monday 15th. Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th October respectively and as a consequence each action consisting of strike action of 24 hour duration will no longer take place. As a consequence you should attend for work and work normally. Details of the injunction will be forwarded to Branches on receipt.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DOES NOT AFFECT FURTHER PLANNED STRIKE ACTION WHICH THE UNION HAS ALREADY SERVED NOTICE OF, WHICH IS UNAFFECTED BY THIS DECISION.
It will be noted that the injunction does not cover Airports and Separate Collection Hubs but because of the small numbers involved it was thought prudent to also withdraw this planned action.
Branches are asked to ensure that all members are made aware of this. This LTB us being sent out electronically to all Branches and Divisional Reps. Divisional Reps, in particular, are asked to ensure that Branches within their areas are made aware of this communication.