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British Airways seeks High Court to block ‘disruptive’ pilot strike

by LLB Reporter
23rd Jul 19 2:00 pm

On Monday the British Airlines Pilot’s Association (Balpa) said that their members back industrial action over a pay dispute with British Airways (BA).

On Tuesday BA went to the High Court in an attempt to block pilots from going on strike and said it would be “enormously disruptive” during the summer holidays.

BA has applied for an interim injunction to prevent strike action and said that Balpa’’s ballots do not comply with law.

Should the strikes go ahead the strikes will cause maximum disruption BA claims and could cost the airline up to £40m per day.

The airline’s barrister John Cavanagh QC said, “There can be no doubt that the timing of the action is deliberate and designed to cause the maximum in financial loss and disruption for BA, and the maximum in disruption and hardship for BA’s passengers [and those they are going to visit], plus business partners and other employees.

“The action is due to commence in peak holiday period, in the middle of school summer holidays, and at the busiest time of BA’s year.”

Cavanagh added: “It is impossible accurately to assess BA’s financial loss if the industrial action were to go ahead, save that it will be very substantial indeed, running to £30-40m per day.”

Balpa’s barrister Simon Cheetham QC argued in written submissions that trade unions have “a degree of discretion as to how it categorises workers” and Balpa “was only required to set out general job categories.”

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