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BA union Unite threaten summer of strikes

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by Kay Murchie

On Monday night, it was announced that British Airways (BA) was successful in preventing the latest series of strikes by its cabin crew staff.

Mr Justice McCombe of the High Court ruled in favour of the airline and said the decision was based on a technicality.

However, the Unite union described the decision “an absolute disgrace” and is now appealing against the injunction and will learn tomorrow if it has been successful.

If the court rules in the union’s favour, it has vowed to continue its dispute with the airline with passengers facing a summer of strikes.

The verdict is expected at 9.30am tomorrow - at the same time that BA is expected to reveal full-year losses of between £600 million and £1 billion.

Cabin crew staged a walkout back in March, which was said to cost the airline £45 million and the airline has faced further disruption due to the ash from the Icelandic volcano, which has cost it an additional £180 million.

Cabin crew have been involved in a long-running dispute over cost-cutting measures, which include a pay freeze and a switch to part-time working for thousands of staff.

The airline has admitted in the past that it is fighting for its survival and said the cost-cutting programme is part of a strategy to reduce salary costs.

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