Summer strikes ahead as BA union win appeal

| May 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

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 has been victorious in appealing against the injunction.

It was announced this morning that Lord Chief Justice, together with a panel of senior judges, overturned a ban on industrial action.

As a result, strike action by cabin crew will resume - and could take place as early as next week, bringing with it further travel chaos for passengers.

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.

Commenting on today’s decision, Unite joint leader Derek Simpson said: “This is not a moment for being triumphant. We shouldn’t have been in this process.

“The case brought by BA was trivial and, in my opinion, irresponsible.”

Meanwhile, BA said was “disappointed for our customers” and “we will implement our contingency plan to keep British Airways flying.

“Unite’s strikes have failed twice and they will fail again,” it added.

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