BA strikes will affect World Cup travellers

British Airways passengers will have to deal with 15 days of chaos due to the fact that the Appeal Court upheld the right of the Unite union to hold a formal cabin crew strike.

The appeal court overturned a ruling on Monday by the High Court that granted the airport a temporary moment before getting hit with back to back strikes.

The decision will allow the first of three five day strikes to occur at London’s Heathrow Airport on Monday unless Unite and BA are able to reach an agreement.

There is a one day pause before the second five day strike occurs with the last strike aimed for June 5-9.

Although BA stated that it will still be able to carry over 70% of its passengers to their pre-booked destinations, the strikes may interfere with football fans on their way to the World Cup, as well as families heading off for half-term holidays.

Given the fact that BA is already strapped for cash, the impending strikes are an intimidating blow with pre-tax losses announced that are over £500m.

BA said that the strike periods could cost it up to £138m, with any remaining strikes costing it an additional £110m.

In March, a seven day strike cost the airline over £40m, followed immediately after the volcanic ash closures, which cost it an additional £100m.

Unite’s General Secretary, Derek Simpson, defended the cabin crew stating that they are not abrasive strikers, but simply want a fair deal from BA.