Thursday, July 14, 2005

MoD refrain from appeal in Unions case

Job privatisation

The Ministry of Defence said yesterday that it would not appeal a Supreme Court decision that allows unions to push ahead with a legal challenge against privatisation plans at the Naval Base.

Chief Justice Derek Schofield ruled last month that Gibraltar claimants did not have to go to the UK to file a case against the British Government but could do so in Gibraltar instead.

He found that the Supreme Court of Gibraltar had jurisdiction to hear claims against the Secretary of State for Defence.

The time limit within which the MoD could have filed an appeal expired last Wednesday, though its lawyers could have applied for an extension. But a military spokeswoman told the Chronicle yesterday that the MoD would not be appealing the court’s ruling. That decision was based on advice from the ministry’s UK lawyers, she said.

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