BA strikes back on

BA strikes back on

British Airways cabin crew strikes are back on as the High Court overturned the airline’s injunction on Unite’s industrial action. Strikes could start as soon as Monday. Unite bosses have issued a “pause for peace” to allow BA time to hold more talks with the union. “Unite’s strikes have failed twice and they will fail again,” said the airline in a statement released today. “We want to talk to BA and get them to negotiate,” explained Unite spokesperson Ciaran Naidoo. He told Travel Daily that Unite rejected the last BA deal because the airline disciplined some of its members and stripped cabin crew of travel perks if they took part in the strikes. “Willie Walsh ruled that the members who took strike action would lose travel perks, which cost nothing to BA. But it’s not about the costs anymore, as there have been disciplinaries,” he added. In a statement released today, BA said it was confident thousands of cabin crew would ignore the strike call and help it fly at least 70% of its operations. “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,” it added. BA will run a full programme from Gatwick and London City. At Heathrow, 60% of long-haul flights will operate and more than 50% of short-haul. “BA must now accept that negotiation not litigation is the only way to secure the settlement we all want,” said Unite Joint General Secretary Tony Woodley outside the court. “However, further strikes will be unavoidable if the company does not immediately work with us to address the outstanding issues”. Scandanavian Airlines also announced it would help BA by using larger aircraft and allowing BA’s Gold Executive Club members to use SAS Lounges worldwide.

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