Next week’s Tube strike weakened by injunction

The
High Court in London has granted an injunction blocking the RMT union’s
proposed strike by London Underground staff next Monday.

London
Underground management had applied for the injunction, arguing that the RMT’s
ballot was invalid.

The
High Court judge ruled the union had to hold a new ballot before any strike
action is held and he also refused the RMT leave to appeal against his decision.

A
spokesman for London Underground said it did not see the ruling as a victory
and it was still hoping talks with RMT and Aslef could avert the strike.

A
RMT spokesman said that the union’s executive council was meeting to decide
whether to go to the Court of Appeal in a bid to be given permission to appeal.

More
than 2,000 Aslef members are still planning to start the 24-hour industrial
action from 5.30pm on Sunday.

www.thetube.com

By
Ben Willmott

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