British Airways’ cabin crew are expected to strike next week after a court of appeal overturned an injunction against the walkout yesterday.
Unite had applied for the appeal on Monday after a judge ruled the strikes illegal as the union had not properly informed its members of ballot results.
However, the U.K. Court of Appeal said on Thursday that Unite’s failure to provide a breakdown of ballot results didn’t make the vote on a walkout invalid.
After the ruling Unite said it would take a three-day “pause for peace”, in case negotiations with the carrier are successful, before going ahead with a five-day strike from Monday May 24.
According to Bloomberg, a five-day walkout from its 12,000 cabin crew will ground more than 30 percent of flights, with its services from Heathrow expected to be slashed by up to 50 percent.
“We are very disappointed for our customers that Unite’s appeal has been upheld and that the union intends to go ahead with its unjustified and pointless strikes,” the carrier said.
BA is expected today to report a pretax loss of around £600 million for the year ending March 31.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L