Wednesday 7 March 2007

Unions and the BNP

The ECHR has upheld the right of unions to exclude BNP members from their membership.

In ASLEF v UK, the ECHR held that:

  • Art 11 does not impose an obligation on a union to admit those who do not share their values (para 39); and,
  • the right of ASLEF to choose its members outweighed the BNP member's right to freedom of expression (para. 50).


[Thanks to John Hendy QC and Michael Ford, who successfull represented ASLEF, for telling me about this case.]

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