Royal Mail has won a high court injunction preventing the first national postal strike in a decade, which it said could have disrupted postal voting in the general election.
Members of the Communication Workers Union overwhelmingly backed industrial action by 97% last month, on a turnout of almost 76%. However, Royal Mail successfully argued that there were “irregularities” in the ballot.
The CWU had denied Royal Mail’s claims.
Royal Mail said it had supplied evidence from 72 sorting offices that unions breached legal obligations in holding the vote, in a statement to the stock market on Friday.
Union members are required to vote in private at home rather than at work. However, Royal Mail said some workers intercepted their ballot papers before they were delivered and filmed and photographed themselves voting in favour of strike action.
The CWU had not set strike dates before Royal Mail’s application for the injunction. However, Royal Mail had argued that a strike could have an impact on postal votes before the general election on 12 December.