Tuesday, 23 July 2019

British Airways loose high court battle to avoid strike action

The British Airways has failed in its legal bid to halt a possible pilot strike this summer in the high courts today.

The IAG airline had sought a temporary injunction to prevent pilots walking our in a battle over pay, claiming the ballot was invalid. However, the high court dismissed that argument. Some 93% of BA’s 4,000 pilots voted to take industrial action after rejecting a three-year pay deal. BA will, they say, will appeal the decision.

A spokesperson from the Balpa union said that whilst it was "legally clear to do so," it had not yet named any strike dates, in order to give the airline, "One last chance to commit to negotiating on pilots pay and rewards."

The airline has, according to the union, confirmed that even one day of strike action would cost it more than what the pilots are asking for. On top of that, the airline is racking up huge legal bills on a futile attempt to stop pilots walking out.

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