Tuesday, December 15, 2009

British Airways Trying to Head Off Christmas Strike

British Airways is in court today in what it calls "an attempt to protect
customers from the massive stress and disruption threatened by Unite’s
decision to call a 12-day strike from December 22." Unite is the union representing more than 13,000 flight attendants and other employees.

BA is seeking an injunction to block the strike, set for Dec. 22. The airline is challenging the strike vote, claiming "irregularities" in balloting.

"As a backup to the legal action, British Airways managers have been
establishing which cabin crew might wish to work normally during the strike
period," a statement by the airline said.

A strike would cost BA about $49 million a day.

Here's an update on the situation from the Times of London today.


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