Royal Mail union appeals UK High Court injunction on strike

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Royal Mail's biggest workers' union lodged an appeal on Wednesday with Britain's High Court after the postal service company won an injunction to stop a strike ahead of a general election and holiday season next month.

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Nov 20 (Reuters) - Royal Mail's RMG.L biggest workers' union lodged an appeal on Wednesday with Britain's High Court after the postal service company won an injunction to stop a strike ahead of a general election and holiday season next month.

Members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) had earlier voted to go on strike, saying that the company had failed to adhere to a pension deal agreed last year, but the court ruled last week that the ballot was unlawful.

Royal Mail's daily delivery service of letters and parcels in the UK could be affected by strike action as the service forms the bulk of the company's business, which also includes e-commerce operations. Parcelforce Worldwide, Royal Mail's express courier parcel service, has been excluded from CWU's ballot.

"Our appeal has been lodged with the High Court. We will update you on any further developments and when we know when it will be heard," CWU said on Twitter.

Royal Mail did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Yadarisa Shabong and Tanishaa Nadkar in Bengaluru; Editing by Jan Harvey and Susan Fenton)

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