High Court blocks planned strike by London Midland train drivers
A planned 24-hour strike by train drivers on London Midland on Thursday has been called off after the company obtained an injunction.
The High Court in London ruled in favour of the train operator, which claimed irregularities in a ballot of members of the drivers' union Aslef.
The union called the walkout over a long-running row about different wage rates and conditions such as holidays, complaining that some drivers were paid £1,200 less than their colleagues.
Aslef leader Keith Norman said: "I am desperately disappointed. My private opinion of the legal system is best not quoted."
Aslef said the irregularities involved just three ballot papers.