If you’re a citizen (ie not someone representing a company), you have the right to stop industrial action if it’s unlawful and affects goods or services being provided to you.

The action must either:

  • be likely to prevent or have prevented you from receiving any goods or services produced by a company
  • be likely to lower or have lowered the quality of those goods and services

This is called the ‘citizen’s right to prevent disruption’.

You can apply to the courts for an injunction, which orders:

  • the trade union to stop organising the action
  • those taking action to stop

Get legal advice if you want to apply to the courts for an injunction.

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