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UNISON is challenging the Tory government’s latest attack on the right to strike in a two-day High Court hearing starting on Wednesday.
The public-sector union’s case was prompted by then prime minister Boris Johnson’s decision to scrap decades-old regulations preventing bosses from employing agency workers to break industrial action.
Last July’s widely condemned action was “unlawful and violates fundamental trade union rights,” Unison argued.
General secretary Christina McAnea said: “Breaking strikes with unqualified and ill-experienced agency workers doesn’t address the root causes of why people are striking and it only puts the public in danger.”
Ministers are attempting to rush legislation through Parliament to ensure the provison of minimum service levels, which could make effective industrial action illegal.
Unison director of legal services Adam Creme warned of “deep concern about this government’s repeated attempts to remove rights from workers and unions.”
Teaching union NASUWT and the TUC, representing 11 unions, are also bringing two separate but parallel cases to the High Court.
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