Industrial relations update: CWU injunction appeal rejected

Updated 28 November 2019


The CWU has been unsuccessful in its application to the Court of Appeal to overturn an interim injunction granted by the High Court on 13 November 2019.

The High Court ruled that a postal ballot of Royal Mail employees for industrial action was unlawful and granted an interim injunction. This means no industrial action can be taken before the completion of a lawful ballot, resulting in a vote in favour of industrial action, and formal notification of any action. 

We did not take the decision to go to the High Court lightly. We sought to reach resolution outside the courts and want to reach agreement. As previously announced, we have written to CWU to say we want to enter into discussions without preconditions. Following this offer, we are hopeful that we can now follow on with meaningful discussions with the union to resolve this dispute.  

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