Mercury Communications Ltd v (1) Scott-Garner (2) the Post Office Engineering Union [1983] IRLR 494 CA

Reports relating to this case:

  • Industrial action: POEU dispute not related mainly to redundancy fears

    6 December 1983

    The Employment Act 1982 narrowed the definition of a trade dispute so that a dispute must now relate wholly or mainly to one of the specified matters. In Mercury Communications Ltd v Scott-Gamer and The Post Office Engineering Union, the Court of Appeal examines documents and letters written on behalf of the union and concludes that the POEU probably could not show that the dispute arose from fear of redundancies rather than from its political objections to the Government's policies.