BA's legal bid to stop strike; Inbrief.
BRITISH Airways was today launching legal action in a last-ditch
bid to halt a planned 12-day strike by its cabin crew, which threatens
travel misery for a million passengers over Christmas and the New Year.
The airline said the move was aimed at protecting its customers from the
"massive stress and disruption" threatened by Unite's
decision to call a walkout from December 22 to January 2 in a bitter row
over jobs, pay and working conditions. BA wrote to the union
highlighting "irregularities" in its strike ballot, which the
company believes renders it invalid. The case was being heard in the
High Court in London and involves a claim that Unite balloted members no
longer employed by the airline, which managers believe constituted a
"clear breach" of the 1992 Trade Union and Labour Relations Act.