Royal Mail has gained an injunction in London’s Excessive Court docket stopping subsequent week’s 48-hour strike.
The postal agency’s employees had been set to stroll out from 19 October in protest over pensions, wages and jobs.
However the firm mentioned the strike can be “illegal” if the Communication Staff Union (CWU) didn’t observe dispute decision procedures.
A strike poll of the CWU’s 110,000 members had produced an 89.1% vote in favour on a 73.7% turnout.
It will have been the primary nationwide strike since Royal Mail was privatised 4 years in the past.
Mr Justice Supperstone, who granted the injunction, mentioned: “I contemplate the strike name to be illegal and the defendant is obliged to withdraw its strike name till the exterior mediation course of has been exhausted.”
The CWU has mentioned that Royal Mail’s transfer to reform employees’ pensions signifies that its members will lose as much as a 3rd of their retirement entitlements.
The corporate mentioned pension scheme members would certainly construct up smaller advantages in future, however that was as a result of the plan in its present kind was unaffordable.
Earlier this yr, the Royal Mail introduced that it could shut its present outlined profit scheme in March 2018.
Though the pension fund is presently in surplus, Royal Mail, which was privatised in 2013, claims that its present annual contribution of £400m a yr would swell to £1.26bn.