Unite’s court appeal against the injunction barring its proposed industrial action has today (May 20) been upheld.
In a statement this morning, British Airways said it was “disappointed” that the courts had ruled in favour of Unite, the union that represents its cabin crew.
BA was granted a last minute injunction (see online news May 17) the day before a second round of strikes was due to begin.
But according to reports today, a panel ruled 2-1 in favour of overturning that decision paving the way for a further five days of industrial action, which looks set to start as early as next week.
Other strike dates proposed by Unite include May 24-28, May 30-June 3 and June 5-9. Should strikes go ahead, BA said it would set in action further contingency measures in the hopes of flying 70 per cent of services.
BA said: “We will run a full programme at Gatwick and London City. At Heathrow, we will operate more than 60 per cent of our longhaul operation and more than 50 per cent of shorthaul.
“Unite’s strikes have failed twice and they will fail again.
“We have put forward a very fair offer that addresses the concerns Unite has raised over the last 15 months. We believe cabin crew would accept it if it was put to them in a fair and secret ballot.”
For more information visit ba.com, unitetheunion.com.
Report by Andrew Gough