The anti-union laws

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Journalists at the Johnston Press provincial newspaper group in England have joined a growing list of angry workers who have been denied the right to strike by High Court judges.

I should have been on a picket line with my fellow NUJ members in Sheffield for the first one-day strike in 30 years that involved national action in regional newspapers. Instead I found myself on BBC Radio Sheffield, debating whether court decisions blocking action meant trade unions had lost the right to strike.

I am sure that the judges who took the decision a few days later to uphold the Unite union's appeal against British Airways staff taking action realised that many more people had drawn the same conclusion.

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