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Royal Mail taken to court by union

The Communication Workers Union is moving to the High Court on Friday in an attempt to seek an injunction which would prevent Royal Mail from using an additional 30,000 agency workers who have been brought in under the guise of Christmas staff. This is the additional 30,000 temporary workers on top of the traditional 30,000 Christmas workers, with the union citing legal barriers to bringing in agency workers to combat the strike.

Only 24 hours ago the mood amongst the various parties involved in the issue seemed to be softening but with a High Court injunction beckoning it does not look good in the short term. It will be very difficult for the parties to speak amicably around the negotiating table under the shadow of potential court action and significant disruption to the Royal Mail business. So what next?

While the UK government had initially shown support for Royal Mail it has been very quiet over the last few days and Lord Mandelson, who was very vocal just last week, appears to have gone to ground. Whether the government is afraid of upsetting the traditional labour union support remains to be seen but the issue cannot be allowed to drag on for much longer.

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