Picketing is still lawful

Prior to the first day of the Sage care workers strike on 15 January, legal advice obtained by the United Voices of the World union suggested that picketing may be unlawful under the new lockdown.

After a physical picket line planned for the first day of the strike was called off, picket lines on subsequent strike days happened without obstruction. British Gas workers have also been picketing during their ongoing strikes.

Further legal advice has clarified that picketing remains lawful, and the confusion stemmed from the Crown Prosecution Service including misleading and out-of-date information on their website.

A court action pursued by the Unite union in November had previously established that picketing remains legal under lockdown restrictions.

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