BA fights looming strike

 BA
is planning to take legal action to stop the latest strike by its cabin crew,
the company said.

BA
will seek an injunction in the High Court on Monday, just 24 hours before the
first of four five-day walkouts is due to be held.

BA
explained its move to the courts in a statement, saying: “The Trade Union
and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 requires unions to send everyone
eligible to vote details of the exact breakdown of the ballot result.”

It
went on: “We do not believe Unite properly complied with this requirement.
We wrote to the general secretaries of the union asking them to explain to us
how they discharged this obligation and, based on Unite’s replies, we believe
that they failed to comply with the legal requirement.”

A
Unite spokesman said: “We will be vigorously defending our ballot and
members against this move by BA. We have already responded to the company, and
notified them that we have fully complied with the law.”

The
spokesman added that the answer lay with talks: “The only way to settle
this long-running dispute is through negotiation. A solution is not to be found
in the courtroom.”

Cabin
crew will walk out for four separate five-day strikes in May and June.

The
first strike is scheduled to begin on 18 May, ending on 22 May, with the three
further strikes beginning on 24 May, 30 May and 5 June.

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