British Airways strike could still be on the cards


The Unite union is preparing to re-ballot British Airways cabin crew over industrial action despite having had a planned 12-day strike thrown out by the court.

Unite officials are updating BA cabin crew details after the previous strike poll was ruled unlawful by the high court because it included staff votes that applied for voluntary redundancy.

A Unite spokeswoman said the union was gearing up for a vote before the end of next month.

"There are no talks on the horizon. BA’s management have to make talks happen fast."

A strike vote will take a month to organise and Unite will then have to give BA seven days’ notice of any intended walkout.

This means that the end of February could be a likely time for the earliest possible strike date.

However, the high court judgment by Mrs Justice Cox is likely to impact a positive strike ballot.

Another 12-day strike is unlikely after the judge referred to the length of the planned walkout in her ruling.

Unite will also be under significant pressure not to announce strike dates during half-term or Easter.

This would be an inopportune time to take industrial action during busy times of year when high volumes of passengers will be affected.

Marc Meryon, industrial relations partner at lawyers Bircham Dyson Bell, said: "If Unite chooses to strike at these times it is giving the employer a better argument to try to influence the judge that an injunction should be granted.

“But in order to do that the employer still has to show that there is a fault in the ballot."

A trade union source conceded that the threat of massive disruption has diminished.

"Unite will be thinking very hard about when it can take strike action," said the source.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
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