TUC congratulates ASLEF on European Court win

01 March 2007

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber has called the ASLEF victory in the European courts (see Monday’s story) an ‘important and welcome judgment’.

It was, he said, ‘common sense’ that unions ‘should not be forced to accept into membership people opposed to the basic principles of trade unionism’ and added that, ‘Every union will welcome this clear decision that they can now expel BNP members.’

General secretary Keith Norman has thanked the 18 unions who gave ASLEF financial assistance when it was decided to pursue a challenge on BNP membership to the European courts. NUM, CYWU, PFA, UCATT, NATFHE, NAPO, USDAW, EIS, RMT, UNISON, PCS, NUMAST, Community, CWU, CSP, GMB, FBU and NUJ all put their hands in their pockets to help.

‘I offer them all my sincere thanks,’ Keith said. ‘They made our decision to pursue the issue to the European courts that bit easier.’

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