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Anti-union laws halt DLR train strike

Issue No. 2235

The legal right to strike received another blow today as a High Court judge granted an injunction on technicalities to halt a 48-hour strike by Docklands Light Railway (DLR) workers in London.

The strike by RMT union members was due to start at 0359 tomorrow over a breakdown in industrial relations. Some 162 out of 175 RMT members who had taken part in the ballot voted to strike.

But Mr Justice Tugend concluded that the strike was not lawful as the ballot notices were not valid.

Lawyers for the Serco Docklands firm said that the notices were defective because of the form of explanation given of job titles and categories.

An RMT spokesperson said, “Once again the full weight of the anti-union laws has been brought down on a group of workers making a stand.

“A democratic ballot with a massive majority in favour of action has been overturned on an alleged technicality that would not have made any difference whatsover to the outcome of the vote.”

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Wed 19 Jan 2011, 16:30 GMT
Issue No. 2235
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