BA Loses Appeal To Stop Pilot’s Strike

British Airways lost has lost its appeal against the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) whose members have voted massively in favour of industrial action.

Approximately 4,500 BA pilots belong to the union and nine out of ten union members took part in the vote – with 93% voting in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay.

After the union’s strong mandate for a stoppage, BA tried to get an injunction against a strike in the High Court, on the basis that the there were ‘flaws in the balloting process’.

But last week in the High Court, Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing said the ballot and the publication of the result had been carried out legally. BA appealed the decision which was once again rejected by the court.

A spokesperson for British Airways who have tried all manner of ways via the courts to stop the proposed strike said: “We are disappointed that the pilots’ union, BALPA has chosen to threaten the holidays of thousands of our customers this summer with unprecedented strike action.”

 BALPA said no strike will be called immediately as talks with British Airways will resume at at the offices of the conciliation service, ACAS.

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