Unite appeal successful
May 20th, 2010 by elisa

To follow up from yesterday’s blog, the court of appeal has backed the Unite union against an injunction won by British Airways on Monday to block strike action.

The first new walk-out could now happen as soon as Monday although union bosses called for the dispute to be settled by negotiation.

A judge on Monday backed the airline in its fight against the union by ruling that a technicality over spoilt ballot papers meant the latest series of four five day walk-outs could not go ahead; but that decision was overturned on appeal this morning.

Unite had warned that it will hold another ballot in the ongoing dispute over working conditions, jobs and pay if it lost the appeal.

 Unite’s joint general secretary, Derek Simpson said: “It is a sensible decision that reflects the minor, almost irrelevant, case that BA has tried to bring. It strikes at the argument that minor technicalities can set aside ballots like this one which were overwhelmingly supported and democratically conducted by our union members.”

A statement on the BA website says: 

“We are very disappointed that Unite’s appeal has been upheld, reintroducing the threat of strike action.

Our key concern now is to keep as many of you flying as possible and we will be proceeding with our contingency plans.

We would like to apologise to any of you who are affected by the strike. We will do all we can to minimise the disruption to you.

Please do not come to the airport unless you have a confirmed booking.”

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