Fresh BA strikes look set to go ahead after a panel of senior judges, including the Lord Chief Justice, overturned a ban on industrial action.BA was granted an injunction on Monday after the High Court ruled that the Unite union had not reported results of its strike ballot correctly to members. But Unite appealed against the decision, and the panel ruled 2-1 in favour of overturning the injunction.
Strikes are now free to go ahead, possibly from as early as next week. The two sides have been rowing over pay, jobs and working conditions. Unite members outside the court sang "we are the champions" after the verdict was announced.
But Unite joint leader Derek Simpson said: "This is not a moment for being triumphant. We shouldn't have been in this process. "The case brought by BA was trivial and, in my opinion, irresponsible."
The first strike had been scheduled to begin on Tuesday, ending on 22 May, with the three further strikes planned to begin on 24 May, 30 May and 5 June. Despite the ruling in favour of BA on Monday, flights have been disrupted this week with the airline unable to reinstate all services.