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NUJ calls for talks with Johnston Press after BA ruling

20 May 2010

The UK court of appeal has decided to lift an injuction on British Airways cabin crew, allowing them to take strike action after they voted overwhelmingly to do. The decision has been greeted by the NUJ as "a welcome attempt to restore some sanity to British industrial relations."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ deputy general secretary, said:

"The court decision earlier this week to frustrate by injunction the democratic strike vote of BA cabin crew – like the court action to stop journalists at Johnston Press from going on strike after they'd voted legally to do so – was a severe attack on the fundamental right to strike.
"Today's decision in favour of Unite goes some way to restore legal respect for that fundamental right. The TUC and the whole trade union movement must now press to ensure that perverse interpretations like those in the BA and Johnston Press cases earlier this week are not repeated.
"Unite is to be congratulated on its victory today. But Unite general secretary Tony Woodley also deserves praise for his level-headed statement at this moment of success that negotiation rather than litigation is the way to secure settlement in the BA dispute.
"The company must immediately take up that challenge to negotiate over matters in dispute, just as we call on the Johnston Press Group to talk with the NUJ to resolve our differences."

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