BA strike goes ahead

20 May 2010

The BA strike goes ahead, after the Court of Appeal quashed the injunction granted to BA to stop the strike. The Hight Court granted an injunction, since the members of the union were not explicitly told about 11 spoilt voting papers, and therefore contravened the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

Striking is not in the interest of the employers and BA travellers. It is also not in the interest of the employees in the medium and long term. The manner in which the BA management attempted and succeeded even for a while to scupper the strike on technicalities was, shall I say, petty. I suppose my position on this issue is: I do not agree with the strike, but I will defend to the death your right to strike. Well, perhaps not quite to the death. Anyway, while the High Court judgement may have been correct, it seemed to be unreasonable. On balance, this judgement by the Cout of Appeal sounds right.