National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers v. the United Kingdom Posted In: Case Law
Legal BodyEuropean Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionHuman Rights
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 RMT wanted to call out support from old colleagues in Jarvis in support of the Hydrex members but
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