Industrial disputes

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  • Industrial action: No industrial action at time of dismissal

    Date:
    15 December 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    An industrial tribunal was entitled to find that employees who had participated in a one-day strike were not taking part in that or any other industrial action short of a strike when they were dismissed on the following day, holds the EAT in Mainland Car Deliveries Ltd v Cooper & others.

  • Industrial action: Union did not procure breach of advertising contract

    Date:
    15 October 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    A domestic teaching union did not have the requisite knowledge or intention to have wrongfully interfered with a teacher-supply agency's rights under its contract with an overseas teaching union to publish its advertisements, holds the Court of Appeal in Timeplan Education Group Ltd v National Union of Teachers and another.

  • Industrial action: Balloting irregularities justified injunction

    Date:
    15 June 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    In RJB Mining (UK) Ltd and others v National Union of Mineworkers, the High Court grants an injunction restraining a union from proceeding with industrial action on the basis of the union's non-compliance with the statutory requirements as to balloting.

  • Trade union activities: Organising industrial action was misconduct

    Date:
    1 January 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    The reason for the dismissal of an employee who organised industrial action without regard to recognised negotiating procedures was misconduct, not taking part in trade union activities, holds the EAT in Crowther v British Railways Board.

  • Industrial action: Union's opposition to members' second job was not industrial action

    Date:
    1 December 1996
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Knowles and another v Fire Brigades Union, the Court of Appeal holds that two full-time firefighters who were expelled by their union for being additionally employed on retained firefighting contracts, contrary to the union's policy, were not "unjustifiably disciplined" by the union.

  • Industrial action: Balloted workers had same "place of work"

    Date:
    15 October 1996
    Type:
    Law reports

    In InterCity West Coast Ltd v National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, a majority of the Court of Appeal holds that members of a trade union employed by one train-operating company did not have to be balloted separately from those employed by another, because they all had the same "place of work" for these purposes.

  • Industrial action: Union's ban on standby duties was not industrial action

    Date:
    1 August 1996
    Type:
    Law reports

    A trade union's policy of opposing, on grounds of safety, the practice of those of its members who were full-time employees being employed as standbys when they were off duty did not constitute a strike or "other industrial action", holds the EAT in Fire Brigades Union v Knowles and another.

  • Industrial action: Participation of new members does not invalidate strike ballot

    Date:
    1 November 1995
    Type:
    Law reports

    A trade union is not required to restrict its call for industrial action to those of its members who were members at the date of the ballot and who were given an opportunity to vote in it, holds the Court of Appeal in London Underground Ltd v National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers.

  • Industrial action: No strike action before ballot expired

    Date:
    1 September 1995
    Type:
    Law reports

    In RJB Mining (UK) Ltd v National Union of Mineworkers, the Court of Appeal confirms that a series of one-day strikes called for by the union would have commenced outside the statutory four-week period within which industrial action must initially be taken in order for a strike ballot to remain valid.

  • Industrial action: Majority vote for strike was sufficient

    Date:
    1 August 1994
    Type:
    Law reports

    In an industrial action ballot which includes questions on both strike action and action short of a strike, each question has to be treated separately, so that a majority vote in favour of a strike will support subsequent strike action, even if those votes do not add up to a majority of those voting in the ballot as a whole, holds the Court of Appeal in West Midlands Travel Ltd v Transport and General Workers' Union.