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  • Royal Mail
    6 October 2017
    Royal Mail update

Royal Mail has written to CWU invoking the legally-binding external mediation process under the dispute resolution procedures in the Agenda for Growth.  Royal Mail requested that CWU withdraw its notification of industrial action and commit to following the dispute resolution procedures. If CWU does not withdraw its notice of strike action by 12 noon Monday 9 October, Royal Mail will lodge an application with the High Court for an injunction to prevent industrial action.

As previously stated, we believe any strike action before the dispute resolution procedures have been followed would be unlawful strike action. Royal Mail notes that, in a ballot in 2014 on all the provisions of the Agenda for Growth agreement including the dispute resolution procedures, 94.5% of CWU members that cast their votes voted Yes.

Contrary to the CWU’s claim in its recent press release, external mediation as set out in the Agenda for Growth agreement has not yet taken place. A clear mechanism for instituting these procedures is set out in writing in the Agenda for Growth. It includes: a) Formal notice of a referral to external mediation from one party to the other; b) The appointment of an external mediator through the mutually agreed process and; c) A comprehensive mediation process which includes the mediator preparing a detailed report, including recommendations for both parties. None of these processes have happened yet.


Andrew Moys

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