BA Suffers More Strikes

At the eleventh hour the proposed May 18-22 strike was called off when BA secured a High Court injunction ruling that Unite had not followed proper procedures and that the action was therefore illegal. However, the union successfully appealed this ruling and the first of the other proposed walk-outs began on May 24. (KEY-Tom Allett)

At the eleventh hour the proposed May 18-22 strike was called off when BA secured a High Court injunction ruling that Unite had not followed proper procedures and that the action was therefore illegal. However, the union successfully appealed this ruling and the first of the other proposed walk-outs began on May 24. (KEY-Tom Allett)

BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) was hit by a further 15 days of strike action by its cabin crew during May and June despite mediation talks between the airline and union Unite.  The UK’s new Transport Secretary (following a change of government), Philip Hammond has been locked in talks with the two parties to find a solution to the impasse.
After walking out for two three-day periods in late March, members of Unite voted to strike from May 18-22, May 24-28, May 30-June 3 and June 5-9 after rejecting BA’s offer.
In a statement the airline said it was “saddened but not surprised” that Unite had announced further strike action but was “confident” that many crew would “ignore Unite’s pointless strike call and support the efforts of the rest of the airline” to keep the company flying.