Labatt request to remove picket sign denied by judge

Striking Labatt workers scored a small victory in court on Thursday, when Justice David Orsborn threw out the company's application to remove the sign, suggesting the time and effort would have been better spent trying to end the strike that began almost five months ago.

Approximately 50 workers have been on strike since April 10

Labatt claims this picket sign is obstructing access to its plant on Leslie Street in St. John's. (CBC)

Striking Labatt workers scored a small victory in court on Thursday.

The company had asked the courts to order strikers to remove one of their picket signs, claiming it obstructed access to its brewery on Leslie Street.

Workers suggested the only thing the sign obstructed was a full view of the picket line for the plant's security cameras.

Justice David Orsborn agreed there was no obstruction.

The city of St. John's also had no issue with the sign's placement, and Orsborn saw no reason why he should.

Orsborn couldn't resist the comment that the time and effort spent in his court could have been put to better use at the bargaining table.

Lawyer Sheila Greene represents the striking Labatt workers. (CBC)

Union lawyer Sheila Greene said the strikers have run a 'perfect picket line.'

"It seems that a sign, on a sidewalk, where there's been no evidence of any obstruction is, perhaps, to echo the judge's words, you know, not the best way to spend time and effort," said Greene.

There have been no negotiations since the employees turned down the company's latest offer in July.

Approximately 50 workers have been on a legal strike since April 10.