12/22/2011 11:02 EST | Updated 02/21/2012 05:12 EST

York Region picketing injunction approved

York Region's injunction against striking transit workers has been approved.

The court's ruling means that striking workers on the picket lines will still be able to delay buses, but only for three minutes.

The municipality sought the injunction earlier this week, arguing the pickets were creating unsafe conditions for transit users, motorists and pedestrians.

The strike is in its ninth week.

Some of the union tactics that prompted the injunction included passengers and drivers being harassed and intimidated, as well as passengers being forcibly held on buses by pickets at transit terminals, the region said when it filed the injunction.

Several pickets have also been struck by vehicles, and both regional employees and the general public have been denied access to regional buildings for up to 90 minutes.

York Region has repeatedly said it will not intervene in the dispute between Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 and Local 1587 and Miller Transit, First Canada and Veolia Transportation. The municipality has said it is not the employer and that both sides should be able to sit down and hash out a deal.

The union has said the main issues are the gap in wages and benefits between the York workers and their counterparts elsewhere in the Greater Toronto Area.

The strike affects more than 44,000 York Region commuters daily.