Airways: Part Four.
For the second time the courts have stopped this strike. On the first
occasion the issue was to do with a small number of voters who should not have
been allowed to vote. This time it is to do with 11 ballot papers which were
spoiled. 11 is a small number compared with the total number of union members
of around 10,000. One of three judges recognised this.
Under Section 231 of the 1992 Trade union act 4 separate pieces of
information are specified. All 4 pieces must be notified to all members of the
union. The pieces are:
Number of votes cast in ballot
Individuals answering yes
Individuals answering no
Number of spoiled voting papers.
The court found against union as not all members were informed about the
spoiled papers. Even though the place where spoiling took place had notices put
up. Further, the union used a number of ways to communicate; via the union
website, via text and email, via notices at airports, and via a newsletter. One
barrister argued that letters should have been sent in the post. The union is
None of this addresses the current issues which are causing conflict. Specifically,
the issue of about 5,000 cabin crew who went on strike last March, and a number
of union activists whose jobs are at risk. The cabin crews had their “perks”
taken from them. These “perks” included subsidised and free travel. However, it
is probably true, though not certain, that most of this travel was not for
holidays, but to get to work on time.
The union now feels that they cannot go on strike legally. So, what to
do? Some years ago many workers at Heathrow reported illness on the same day.
Should this tactic be tried again?
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