Dispute between BA and cabin crew heads back to court

Hotel News - 20/09/2010

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The dispute between British Airways and cabin crew looks set to enter a second year, amid yet more legal action in both the Europe and the UK. Unite, which represents cabin crew working for the carrier, said it will this week lodge a fresh appeal in the High Court over British Airway’s cancellation of travel concessions enjoyed by some 7,000 of the union’s members who took strike action earlier this year.

In the early months of 2010, cabin crew went out on strike for 22 days because of plans by BA to cut costs. The strike led to flight disruptions and cost the airline in excess of £150 million. Cabin crew were upset with plans by British Airways that included reducing the size of on-board crews.

The dispute escalated yet further when BA responded to the strike by cancelling travel concessions for those staff who had taken part in the strike and disciplined dozens of the union’s members. Unite now says it is going to lodge an appeal this month at the European Court of Human Rights. Unite is set also to take its case in to the British Court of Appeal in early October. Unite will argue in court that by reducing crew levels, the airline is in breach of contract.

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