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Closed Shop Legislation

Volume 978: debated on Monday 11 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he has now received the decision of the European Court about the case of the British Railways workers who lost their jobs because of the closed shop legislation introduced in 1976; and if he will make a statement.

The Government have not yet received the report of the European Commission of Human Rights on the case of the ex-British Rail employees and the closed shop in British Rail. However, we intend that United Kingdom legislation affecting the closed shop shall meet the obligations accepted by us as signatories to the European convention.