Unison takes right-to-strike case to Europe

The spate of mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing in the engineering sector could spark a new period of labour unrest, if a controversial `no-strike’ ruling is overturned by the European Court of Human Rights. The UK’s biggest trade union, Unison, is to appeal to the Court to allow workers to go on strike to guarantee future […]

The spate of mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing in the engineering sector could spark a new period of labour unrest, if a controversial `no-strike’ ruling is overturned by the European Court of Human Rights.

The UK’s biggest trade union, Unison, is to appeal to the Court to allow workers to go on strike to guarantee future terms and conditions when firms outsource work, merge, or are sold.

Unison took the action after a London hospital refused to write guarantees into future outsourcing contracts. A strike call was declared illegal.

The action stems from uncertainty over the application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations.