BA strike back on

Fresh
BA strikes are set to go ahead next week after a panel of judges overturned a
ban on industrial action.

BA
was granted an injunction on Monday after the High Court ruled that the Unite
union had not reported results of its strike ballot correctly to members.

Unite’s
success means a series of five-day strikes will start on Monday unless an
agreement can be found.

“We
shouldn’t have been in this process,” said Unite’s Derek Simpson. BA was
“disappointed” with the ruling.

The
panel ruled 2-1 in favour of overturning the injunction.

The
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, and Lady Justice Smith upheld Unite’s appeal.
The Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, rejected it.

In
addition to the five-day strike starting on 24 May, two more five-day stoppages
are due to begin on 30 May and 5 June.

BA
said it would run a full schedule at Gatwick and London City airports. At
Heathrow, it said it would operate more than 60 per cent of long-haul flights
and more than 50 per cent of short-haul flights.

A
joint statement from Mr Simpson and Unite’s other leader Tony Woodley called on
BA to “seize the possibility for industrial peace”.

“We
hope it has the wisdom to do so. Failing that, cabin crew will once more be
taking industrial action with our full support,” they said.

The
two sides have been involved in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and
working conditions.

But
Unite says the stumbling blocks now are travel perks that were taken away from
members who went on strike in March and disciplinary action taken against more
than 50 of its members.

Conciliation
service Acas said it hoped BA and Unite would reopen talks directly, adding
that its facilities were always available if needed.

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