BA cabin crew loses legal battle; strike threat alive

British Airways cabin crew suffered a legal blow yesterday when a High Court ruled that cuts to cabin crew numbers did not constitute a breach of contract.

Cabin crew of BA had sought a permanent injunction preventing the carrier from imposing cost-cutting proposals.

The Unite union could not convince the court that BA’s move to remove one cabin crew member from all flights and two cabin crew members from some long-haul flights was a breach of service contracts.

The union representing the BA cabin crew said they would go on with their plans of taking industrial action. If an industrial action is approved by Unite union’s 12,000 cabin crew, the strike could begin from March 1.

The loss-making BA, which is expected to report a loss of around 600 million pounds this year, is slashing the number of cabin crew members to save as much as 140 million pounds annually.

Talks between the carrier and the union are still going on, but a sign of settlement is far from sight.