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National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers v. the United Kingdom [2014]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Human Rights
Issues covered: ECHR Article 11 freedom of association; secondary industrial action

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected an application by the Rail Maritime and Transport union that UK restrictions on secondary action by workers at associated employers are in breach of Article 11 rights under the convention in relation to freedom of association, including the right to strike. 

The case revolved around a somewhat convoluted transfer of parts of a rail engineering business between 'Jarvis' and 'Hydrex', both of whom are now out of business, around 2007 and a subsequent attempt in 2009 to reduce terms and conditions of those RMT workers transferred to Hydrex. The

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This article is correct at 11/04/2014

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