A planned strike by staff at colleges in England has been called off after the High Court handed down an injunction against industrial action.

The injunction, supported by the Association of Colleges (AoC), means the University and College Union’s planned action tomorrow cannot legally go ahead.

Its members were due to walk out over an ongoing row over pay, but the AoC challenged the UCU over the validity of a ballot of members.

The union said it had defended members’ right to strike in court, but would abide by the decision. A spokesperson said: “UCU members in colleges in England should go to work as normal tomorrow.”

Marc Whitworth, acting director of employment services at the AoC, said: “We are pleased with today’s outcome and that the court agreed in favour of the employer.

“Strike action relying on an old ballot has been prevented, which means colleges and their students can go about their day-to-day business tomorrow as normal. Our first priority is always our members, and the students they serve.”