May 17th, 2010
01:35 PM ET

Court blocks British Airways strike

A series of four British Airways employee strikes, including one planned for midnight Monday (7 p.m. ET) cannot proceed, a judge has ruled.

A London court granted an injunction preventing the strike by members of Unite, the union representing British Airways cabin crews.

The first strike in the series had been scheduled to last through Saturday. The injunction prohibits the strikes, barring a successful appeal.

"We are delighted for our customers that Unite's plans for extreme and unjustified strike action cannot go ahead," the airline said in a written statement. "We are sorry the court judgment cannot undo the disruption already suffered by some customers who were due to travel during the early days of the union's industrial action."

BA cabin crew members planned to walk out for a total of 20 days because of a long-running dispute with the airline over pay and working conditions. The crew members went on strike over the issues twice in March but have since failed to resolve the dispute with their employer.

Unite, which represents 95 percent of British Airway's 15,000 cabin crew members, said they were left with no choice but to strike again.

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