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BA says it will return to courts over strikes

Airline says it will pursue issue of ballot papers, as cabin crew strike enters its third day.

British Airways says that it may resort to renewed court action to block further strikes by its cabin crew.

Union members are currently on their third day of a five-day strike, in an on-going industrial dispute over pay, conditions, and travel privileges.

BA's statement comes less than a week after an injunction it gained to block this week's round of strikes was overturned.

A spokesman said that the company was not planning to appeal against the court's decision to overturn that injunction. However, he did say that the airline would seek a full hearing over the issue of ballot irregularities, the basis of the case.

He added: "The union would have been fully aware that the point of law over the communication of the strike ballot result would come to a full court case in due course."

In a statement, the Unite union responded: "Two of the three most senior judges in the land concluded last week that if BA pursued its case for full hearing, the court would highly probably back the union.

"BA must learn. Disputes are solved through negotiation, not litigation."