In December, even though thousands of BA cabin crew workers voted 81% in favour of strike action, the High Court slapped an injunction against the cabin crew workers’ union, Unite. Thousands of RMT members have been forced to resort to strike action as a result of vicious cuts and plans to cut 1,500 jobs by Network Rail, seriously endangering health and safety standards. The trade union movement must not allow the bosses and government to deny workers their fundamental right to strike.
New Labour has gone even further than the Tories in strengthening these laws. The only way these draconian anti-union laws can be defeated is by boldly defying these laws and mobilising the entire trade union movement behind all workers who find themselves in breach of court injunctions.