East Midlands Trains wins Court of Appeal battle

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East Midlands Trains has won an appeal over a decision by a High Court judge not to grant the company an injunction against the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) over industrial action.

An injunction was granted today, Thursday, by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

Hundreds of union members started banning overtime last month amid claims of a breakdown in industrial relations over a number of issues, including the scheduling of work in Nottingham.

East Midlands Trains described the dispute as “invented” and said it had been forced to start legal proceedings to prevent the RMT from trying to cause disruption to passengers.

An application for an injunction was originally rejected by a High Court judge on July 31, but East Midlands Trains appealed.

Following a hearing earlier this week, Lady Justice Arden, Lord Justice Jackson and Lord Justice Tomlinson announced that they were allowing the appeal and granting the injunction.