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British Airways wins High Court injunction, strike cancelled

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by Kay Murchie

The 12-day strike planned by British Airways (BA) cabin crew over Christmas has been averted after it was declared illegal in a High Court ruling.

The ruling will be welcomed by thousands of passengers who were planning to fly over the festive period.

Mrs Justice Laura Cox ruled that the cabin crew’s union, Unite, had not correctly included the votes of some cabin crew who had already accepted voluntary redundancy under the airline’s major cost-cutting exercise.

However, the Unite union has vowed to hold a fresh ballot of cabin crew if the dispute with BA over pay, jobs and working conditions is not resolved.

Unite joint general secretary Derek Simpson said: “There is something wrong with the law.”

“We’ll see at the end of the day who wins this, we will see at the end of the day proper democracy, proper justice,” he added.

Mrs Justice Cox responded: “A strike of this kind over the 12 days of Christmas is fundamentally more damaging to BA and the wider public than a strike taking place at almost any other time of the year.”

The news comes after it emerged today that Edinburgh-based Flyglobespan, which is Scotland’s biggest airline, has been placed into administration.

Like many other airlines, Flyglobespan has been struggling amid the economic downturn and attempts to secure a financing deal for the airline with Jersey-based Halcyon Investments collapsed yesterday.

Earlier this week, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said airlines will suffer losses of $5.6 billion (£3.5 billion) in 2010 - an increase from the $3.8 billion it originally predicted.

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