The Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction preventing next week’s 48-hour strike by postal workers.
Postal workers belonging to the Communication Workers’ Union were set to walk out at 11am on 19 October in a protest over pay, pensions and jobs.
Royal Mail said after the CWU announced strike action last week that the walkout was unlawful.
CWU general secretary Dave Ward said at the time that the dispute was a “watershed” moment that would determine not only members’ pensions, jobs and pay but also the future of the UK’s postal service.
“Postal workers delivered a massive ‘Yes’ vote for strike action and we are determined to take whatever steps are necessary to deliver an agreement that will protect and enhance our members’ terms and conditions and improve the range of services on offer to customers,” he said.
Mr Ward said the union would launch a “major campaign” to gain public and political support for postal workers. “This is your service. We must work together to save it,” he said.