Judgment Day for Unite

THE MASTER OF THE ROLLS’ COURT COURT 71
Before THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE OF ENGLAND & WALES
THE MASTER OF THE ROLLS and
LADY JUSTICE SMITH
Thursday, 20th May, 2010 At 9:30
FOR JUDGMENT APPLICATION
C1/2010/1197 British Airways Plc -v- Unite The Union. Application of Defendant for permission to appeal.
This is one of the more interesting judgments to be announced tomorrow.  Knowing that the court is mainly interested in business as much as they can and the court would always find reasons if possible against applicant’s that wish to challenge business, then I would bet that Unite is going to lose that application. I am sure we’ll see the result on the BBC website or it will be uploaded onto the Bailii website as well.

The rules are there to be broken and the courts break them as much as it suits the intention to deliver justice, with the favouring of the side that is most beneficial for the country, is one way to say it I suppose, in a matter like this.  Yet this application is a sign that the unions are getting more sophisticated in their approach instead of holding wildcat and solidarity strikes.  I think the timing is rather unlucky just as the new government has been sworn in.

Here are the reasons for Unite to make the Application for permission to appeal. The BBC gives another look  over the pre-judgment decisions here.

Apart from the political, business and legal considerations, living below the flight path, we noticed how nice and quiet it was when flights stopped due to the ash clouds from the Iceland volcano. So on a personal basis, I do not mind if they strike because I do not fly a lot in any case and I am not getting paid to promote BA anymore.  (I used to advertise them on my commercial website).

Wonder whether we are going to see this taken to the ECHR? But have now heard that the court has overturned the previous decision 2:1 and allowed the appeal. That is a remarkable stance to take, just as Britain has become Conservative. That is of course one way to reduce pollution by allowing unions to strike on airways.

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