Today was a good day for mediation in the UK.
Today was not a good day for BA customers especially those with travel plans from Heathrow to a European destination next Friday. I am one of them.
The Court of Appeal decision handed down today may have been a bit of a surprise for some and the appeal story may not yet be over as BA are considering an application to the Supreme Court. Rejecting the early ruling of the High Court on Monday, two Court of Appeal Judges decided that
it would be wrong to thwart the desire of staff to take strike action on the basis of a “technicality”.
A third judge, the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, agreed with BA.
However, the most important comment, which has been included in all the reports I have seen today was this:
Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice, stressed that the strike would have to be resolved by negotiation. He said: “Legal processes do not constitute mediation. On the contrary they often serve to inflame rather than mollify the feelings of those involved.”
I am very encouraged by this and I sincerely hope that both sides will find the courage to close the gap so that BA can get on with rebuilding their business.
For a longer report published in the Independent Newspaper.