British Airways is launching legal action to block its pilots from staging a potentially disruptive walkout this summer.
BA will go to the High Court on Tuesday to seek an injunction to stop the planned strikes, which are due to be led by the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa).
The airline said it was pursuing “every avenue to find a solution to protect our customers’ travel plans and avoid industrial action” and urged the pilots to return to the negotiating table.
The two sides appeared headed for court after Balpa members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a walkout. More than nine in 10 voted in favour of what would be the first strike action by BA pilots in about four decades.
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