Unite appeal strike cancellation ruling
May 19th, 2010 by elisa

Unite have appealed the high court decision over their plans for the BA cabin crew strikes, but the appeal judges have delayed their decision over the legality of strike action until tomorrow (Thursday).

The initial ruling was based on a technicality over whether Unite followed rules in contacting its members with strike result details.

Unite immediately lodged an appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice and yesterday senior judges sat to consider the appeal, however, they have delayed their decision until 9.30am tomorrow.

If Unite wins the appeal the strike could be resumed as early as midnight.

The series of walkouts had been due to start yesterday with further strikes planned for 24th-28th May, 30th May-3rd June, and 5th-9th June.

A statement on the British Airways website states:

“We are delighted that Unite’s plans for extreme and unjustified strike action has been called off.

We are sorry the court judgment cannot undo the disruption already suffered by some of you who were due to travel during the early days of the union’s industrial action.

Whilst we await the outcome of Unite’s appeal to overturn the High Court injunction against the strike we are unable to return to a full schedule.”

The Unite website states:

“BA have obtained an injunction from the Court preventing us from taking the above industrial action. Members must neither threaten nor take any industrial action during this period, and must work normally.

Unite cabin crew members at British Airways recognise the pressures facing the company in the midst of the current economic crisis. Negotiations have been going on for over a year, but despite cabin crew being asked to make the heftiest sacrifices of all, British Airways continues to provoke cabin crew by imposing changes and refusing to negotiate openly and fairly.”

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