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Court of Appeal decision welcomed by Aslef

A Court of Appeal decision has been welcomed by members of Aslef.

08 March 2011

A decision over industrial action, which could prompt the need for strike negotiations, has been welcomed by train drivers' union Aslef.

Commenting on a recent finding by the Court of Appeal, in which minor discrepancies were ruled not to justify injunctions on such protests, Aslef general secretary Keith Norman called the move a "major step for industrial freedom".

He stated that previously-stringent rules regarding strikes meant that it was "effectively impossible" to legally convene industrial action in the UK.

"If the employer could find the tiniest discrepancy, the courts would find in the employer's favour. Thanks to today's decision, a sense of justice and balance has been returned to industrial relations in this country," he said.

Aslef claimed this was "clearly" demonstrated when the High Court granted an injunction against rail strikes last December due to a discrepancy with voting papers.

The Court of Appeal also ruled that although unions must keep a register of members' details, it cannot be expected to keep an up-to-date record of their job categories and workplaces.

Aslef members are currently embroiled in a dispute with Arriva Trains Wales over salaries.

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