25th January 2023


54 Doughty Street
020 7404 1313

18:30 - 20:00, Wednesday 25th January 2023.

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Doughty Street Chambers is hosting a seminar addressing the rights of trade unions and protestors. 

The seminar will focus on two pieces of legislation currently passing through Parliament: (1) the Public Order Bill and (2) the Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill. 

This legislation will have a dramatic effect on the ability of individuals and trade unions to protest and take industrial action effectively. The government seeks to prevent protestors and striking workers from causing “disruption” to the general public, thereby inhibiting dissent in its various forms. Inevitably, there is a tension between this aim and the rights of protestors and striking workers under Articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The seminar will bring together legal experts from Doughty Street Chambers working in trade union law and public/criminal law, solicitors working in these areas of law, and external speakers to give their perspectives on the practical impact of this legislation on trade unions and protestors.

We are delighted that Eddie Dempsey (assistant general secretary of the RMT) and Justin Madders MP (Labour Shadow Minister for Employment Rights) will be joining Nick Toms (DSC Employment) and Pippa Woodrow (DSC Public/Crime) to discuss this important topic.