British Airways cabin crew look set to resume their strike action after the Unite union won its appeal against a court ruling that the proposed action was illegal.
Following Unite’s victory, which was supported by two of the three judges, it has warned the postponed strike could resume as early as midnight tonight.
The Unite union, which represents 90% of BA’s cabin crew, lodged the appeal after the High Court ruled on Monday that the strikes would be unlawful.
Judges had claimed that the union had failed to “send everyone eligible to vote (on industrial action) details of the exact breakdown of the ballot result”.
Members of Unite were due to walk out from May 18-22 inclusive, then from May 24-28, May 30-June 3 and June 5-9, the last strike ending just days before the start of the football World Cup in South Africa.
Despite the High Court decision at the beginning of the week, there has still been disruption to BA services this week as the airline had already started putting contingency plans in place.
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