- EU law provisions and UK industrial disputes (Govia GTR Railway Ltd v Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen)
- Original news
- What is the factual background to this appeal?
- In what ways did the appellant train company seek to rely on European law in its attempt to obtain an interlocutory injunction to prevent the strikes?
- To what extent were these arguments innovative in British industrial relations litigation?
- What conclusions did the Court of Appeal reach on the grounds of appeal?
- What can practitioners learn from this case?
- In what ways, if any, do you think the changes to be brought about by the Trade Union Act 2016 (TUA 2016) will make a difference in disputes of this kind?
Employment analysis: Victoria Phillips, head of employment rights (client relations) at Thompsons Solicitors, considers the decision in Govia v Association Society of Locomotive and Fireman, the first case in which EU law provisions alone have been argued in the context of a UK industrial dispute.
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