19 Dec 2009

Court blocks BA strike

8:40 pm on 19 December 2009

A planned 12-day strike over Christmas by British Airways cabin crew has been blocked by the High Court in London.

A judge has granted the airline an injunction against the strike going ahead as planned next week.

One million passengers are booked on BA flights over the Christmas period.

The strike was set to begin on 22 December and run until 2 January.

Cabin crew voted by nine to one in favour with an 80% turnout.

BA says it urgently needs to cut costs to ride out a dire financial situation.

The BBC reports BA has reduced the number of cabin crew from 15 to 14 on all long-haul flights and frozen pay for two years.

Last month it revealed it had lost £292 million in the first half of the year and said it would have to cut a further 1200 jobs.