Reply To: BA cabin crew set to back new strikes

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Few points:

1. BA obtained an injunction against the jaw droppingly crass and ill judged “Twelve strikes of Christmas” which completely destroyed any sympathy/benefit of the doubt towards crew because Lizanne Malone gave incorrect advice to union members on how they should participate in the ballot. This was not an “inadvertent error”. It was a gross mistake and Unite chose to ignore this, even though it has been made aware of it by BA before it called the strike.

2. BA did not seek an injunction against the last strike ballot. If Unite was so confident of its position, why did it choose to withdraw the ballot? Why didn’t let BA seek an injunction and test the issue before the courts?

3. BA HAS negotiated. It shook hands on a deal with Unite and Unite (not for the first time) reneged on a deal.

4. Stop looking to BA for answers and a solution to this. What has Unite offered? Nothing, apart from an ever increasing list of unreasonable demands (five ballot paper items have now become ten…).

5. The issue of whether the next ballot is a continuation of the previous strike (and therefore the 12 week protection period has expired) is not a small technicality. It is a fundamental issue surrounding a clear provision in the law and it has never been tested before the courts.

6. Again. Stop the blaming and looking to others for a solution to this.

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