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Eversheds comment: Potential general strike in UK runs risk of facing legal challenges

  • United Kingdom

    04-04-2013

    Commenting on the likelihood of a general strike taking place in the UK, Marc Meryon, partner and head of industrial relations at global law firm Eversheds, says:

    "Unions can only organise strike action if certain conditions are satisfied. For example, there must be a live dispute between the striking workers and their employer over an issue such as terms and conditions of employment or working arrangements. As such, a "general strike" held to protest about government policy or a "political" matter, which is not directly related to the striking workers' employment, risks being unlawful and runs the risk of being challenged by any employer affected.

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