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Royal Mail wins bid to halt Christmas postal strikes

Royal Mail wins bid to halt Christmas postal strikes

Business
Royal Mail has won its legal battle to prevent a postal strike after the High Court backed its application for an injunction.The decision is a setback for union plans to stage strikes in the run-up to the general election and Christmas.Last month, 100,000 Royal Mail staff were balloted and voted to take action over job security and terms.But Royal Mail argued that the ballot had "potential irregularities" and was null and void.The Communications Workers Union (CWU) said its members were "extremely angry and bitterly disappointed". It also accused Royal Mail of a "cowardly and vicious attack on its own workforce" and said it intended to appeal. Royal Mail workers vote for strike action Royal Mail fails to halt record £50m Ofcom fine Shane O'Riordain, dire
Royal Shakespeare Company speaks out after cutting ties with BP

Royal Shakespeare Company speaks out after cutting ties with BP

Entertainment
The Royal Shakespeare Company has told Sky News it was "not making ethical decisions about a company" when it ended an eight-year sponsorship deal with BP.Instead, the RSC said it was looking at how to secure "the future of our organisation which has such a strong commitment to continuing to reach half a million young people every year". Jacqui O'Hanlon, the RSC's director of education, said its £5 ticket offer for young people "will continue going forward", although a new backer for the scheme is yet to be found. Image: The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon BP had been working with RSC for the last eight years funding the offer for 18 to 25-year-olds, which about 80,000 young people have benefited from.Talking about th
Royal Mail seeks injunction to stop postal strike

Royal Mail seeks injunction to stop postal strike

Business
Royal Mail is seeking a High Court injunction to stop a postal strike, claiming that the ballot of workers had "potential irregularities".The company said it would make a formal application on Friday that the strike ballot "was unlawful and, therefore, null and void".A strike threatens to disrupt postal voting in the run-up to the general election as well as Christmas post.The Communications Workers Union says it "refutes" Royal Mail's claim.The ballot of 100,000 Royal Mail staff was held over job security and terms. No dates for a strike have yet been set.Members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) last month voted by 97% in favour of a nationwide strike, saying the company had failed to adhere to an employment deal agreed last year. Royal Mail rej...
Royal naming for Sir David Attenborough polar ship

Royal naming for Sir David Attenborough polar ship

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially name the UK's new polar research ship after Sir David Attenborough on Thursday. The famous broadcaster and naturalist will be on hand to witness the ceremony, which is taking place at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead.In time-honoured tradition, a bottle of champagne will be smashed against the vessel's hull. Some 200 children dressed as penguins will be among the large ticketed crowd. The £200m vessel was commissioned to replace the James Clark Ross and the Shackleton, which between them gave almost 50 years' service in support of UK polar science.The RRS Sir David Attenborough will now carry the union flag into the Arctic and the Antarctic.
Shane Lowry’s Open victory at Royal Portrush realises childhood dreams

Shane Lowry’s Open victory at Royal Portrush realises childhood dreams

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device The 148th Open Championship - final-round leaderboard-15 S Lowry (Ire); -9 T Fleetwood (Eng); -7 T Finau (US); -6 L Westwood (Eng), B Koepka (US); -5 R MacIntyre (Sco), T Hatton (Eng), D Willett (Eng), R Fowler (US); -4 P Reed (US)Selected others: -3 F Molinari (Ita), T Lewis (Eng), J Thomas (US), J Rahm (Spa); -1 L Oosthuizen (SA), M Fitzpatrick (Eng), J Spieth (US), J Rose (Eng); +2 R Knox (Sco), M Kuchar (US); +3 B Watson (US); +4 P Casey (Eng), G McDowell (NI); +5 J Furyk (US); +6 JB Holmes (US)Shane Lowry says he realised a childhood dr...