British Airways are expecting a high court ruling today on the legality of proposed strikes. Lawyers for the airline are arguing that ballot papers were sent to staff who are not eligible to vote, and therefore the whole vote should be invalid.
According to employment lawyer, Mark Meryon, it could be a hard argument to win:
“Because the yes vote, as I understand it, is so much greater than the no vote, it’s going to be very difficult for the company to show any discrepancies or any errors would’ve make a difference to the outcome. “
92.5 per cent of staff balloted by their union, Unite, voted in favour of the 12 day strike. The industrial action could cost BA almost 365 million euros – an added financial strain for the company who have already announced major losses. Up to one million passengers could have their holidays ruined if their flights are cancelled.