BALPA sees off British Airways strike challenge in High Court

BALPA has successfully defended an application for a High Court injunction brought against it by British Airways in a bid to stop their members striking.

BALPA members had voted 93% for a pay strike on a 90% turnout, but British Airways challenged the ballot in the High Court. Yesterday the judge presiding over the case determined the union had issued its ballot correctly and therefore the ballot result could stand.

The airline said it was “disappointed” by the decision and would be taking the case to the Court of Appeal.

BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said: “While we’re pleased with the judge’s decision, we’re frustrated that time has been wasted. BA could have spent this time coming back to the negotiating table instead of trying – and failing – to tie us up in legal knots.

“This delay will now continue with BA seeking to appeal against the High Court’s decision. As a result it’s now likely the talks scheduled with ACAS on Friday will have to be postponed.

“We ask that BA thinks hard about why 93% of our members feel so strongly about taking strike action. The company itself has admitted that even one day of strike action would cost more than what our pilots are asking for, so the ball really is in their court here, to look after their pilots and ensure the hardworking public get to continue their holidays as planned.

“Although legally clear to do so, we have still not set any strike dates to give BA one last chance to commit to negotiating on pilots pay and rewards with us at ACAS later this week.”

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