A Supreme Court injunction prevented postal workers from going on strike. *File photo
A Supreme Court injunction prevented postal workers from going on strike. *File photo

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2: The Supreme Court granted the Attorney General an injunction yesterday afternoon preventing postal workers from going on strike.

Postal staff had downed tools on Friday demanding the reinstatement of a sacked worker.

Anthony Rogers, who was cleared of conspiring to import cannabis and fraudulently retaining a postal package after a court appearance in 2011, was later fired by Post Office management.

But yesterday afternoon AG, Mark Pettingill, secured a Supreme Court injunction preventing the workers from going on strike.

Minister Pettingill said the Exparte application was made jointly by the AG's Chambers and the Ministry of Home Affairs but the Bermuda Industrial Union was notified of the application.

The Attorney General's chambers argued that the Post Office constituted an Essential Service and the judge agreed and granted the application for an injunction.

Minister Pettingill said: "As the Government works to reinvigorate Bermuda's economy and provide jobs, we and indeed the country cannot afford wild cat strikes that disrupt our economy.

"We will use whatever legal powers are available to prevent such actions."

There is a Penal Clause in place, so if the Postal Workers go on strike on Monday the BIU will be penalised.