British Airways today launched its bid for an injunction to prevent a series of crippling Christmas strikes by thousands of cabin crew.
It is challenging Unite’s ballot of its 12,500 cabin crew members, claiming some workers who had left the company took part in the voting.
Opening the contested hearing at London’s High Court, its QC, Bruce Carr, told Mrs Justice Cox the balloting process contained “serious and substantial irregularities”.
“An injunction is sought to restrain Unite from taking action which its own joint general secretary, Derek Simpson, has described as ’probably over the top’.
“With what appears to be withering contempt for the interests and concerns of over one million passengers and those whom they wish to visit over Christmas, Unite has induced strike action over the most important two weeks of the year for the travelling public.
“The disregard for the plans of those passengers and many millions of others affected by any strike action, and the recognition of the sensitivity of the deliberate timing is highlighted by the decision to make the disruption last for the 12 days of Christmas.
“BA has therefore brought this action to protect its passengers against these wilful, disproportionate and clearly unlawful actions.”
The strike is due to start next Tuesday.