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Judge backs BA bosses

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2189

A judge has ruled that changes to working conditions imposed by British Airways bosses are lawful.

The Unite union took BA to the high court to challenge the changes, including job cuts and pay freezes, that bosses imposed on cabin crew in November.

In response workers voted by 92 percent for strike, on a turnout of more than 80 percent. They were set to strike for 12 days over Christmas – until a separate court hearing ruled the ballot unlawful.

The courts have overturned the democratic decisions of union members and have once again lined up with the bosses.

A fresh ballot is ongoing and is due to end on Monday. Unite says that, once again, the response is overwhelmingly to back strikes.

BA cabin crew are fighting serious attacks. If BA succeeds in pushing through the cuts it will embolden other bosses who are looking for any opportunity to impose cuts on their workers.

It’s likely that the ballot will deliver an overwhelming vote for action. Unite must act on the result with militant action to beat BA’s assault – and if bosses run to the courts again it should strike anyway.

Watch this site for updates on the ballot.

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Fri 19 Feb 2010, 12:43 GMT
Issue No. 2189
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