Update: Strike Averted (For Now): Court on British Airways' Side

May 18, 2010
Update, May 18, 1:40 p.m. EDT: Judges have delayed ruling on Unite's appeal until at least 9:30 a.m. BST (4:30 a.m. EDT) Thursday. If the union wins the appeal, strike action is possible this week. In the meantime, British Airways is reinstating some flights that were previously canceled due to the anticipated strike.

(May 17, 5:12 p.m. EDT) British Airways has received a High Court injunction to stop its cabin crew union, Unite, from carrying out a planned series of strikes between May 18 and June 9. Although Unite plans to appeal the decision, cruise travelers with flights on BA to or from their homeports in the next few weeks may not have to change their travel plans after all.

A statement on BA's Web site says, "We are sorry the court judgment cannot undo the disruption already suffered by some of you who were due to travel during the early days of the union's industrial action."

Although the line plans to reinstate some flights already canceled in anticipation of the May 18 - 22 strikes, travelers who have already rescheduled their flights to a different date or airline should assume those plans are in place. If your flight was previously canceled, do not show up at the airport for that flight unless you hear otherwise from the airline. Unite has agreed to comply with the injunction and its members will follow their normal work schedules. However, a statement from the union's leaders says Unite will be appealing the decision. If they win the appeal, strike action is still possible for the later dates.

According to the BBC, the decision to award an injunction was made based on a technicality regarding how the union notified members of the results of the vote to strike in the first place.

We'll keep you posted as the situation progresses.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor

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