Metrobus Ltd v Unite the Union – WLR Daily

Posted August 5th, 2009 in ballots, industrial action, injunctions, law reports, trade unions by sally

Metrobus Ltd v Unite the Union [2009] EWCA Civ 829; [2009] WLR (D) 279

“Where an employer sought an injunction to restrain a strike, a union’s failure to comply with its obligation under s 231A of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 to inform the employer as soon as reasonably practicable of the result of the ballot could justify the grant of an injunction restraining the strike. S 231A, and also ss 226 and 234A, were not disproportionate restrictions on the rights of association conferred by art 11 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The obligations under those sections could not be regarded as onerous so that they could be said to constitute a serious impediment on a union’s ability to call a strike.”

WLR Daily, 3rd August 2009


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