A High Court judge has granted British Airways an injunction against the planned 12-day strike by cabin crew this Christmas.

Sitting at the High Court, Mrs Justice Cox deemed the strike ballot ‘invalid' after it emerged that it included BA employees already set to leave the company.

Although the disputed votes would not have made any difference to the outcome of the ballot, it was a legal point that the judge wasn't prepared to overlook.

Following the High Court ruling, the cabin crew trade union, Unite, said: "it's a disgraceful day for democracy."

Unless the situation is resolved, Unite say they intend to hold a fresh ballot as soon as possible. If a second ballot takes place and cabin crew, once again, vote in favour of a strike, this time it would not be until after the Christmas holidays.

The High Court decision today will be welcomed by one million BA passengers who had booked flights over the Christmas period. The planned 12-day strike would have taken place Dec. 22 to Jan. 2, one of the busiest times of the year.

Although a victory of sorts for BA today, the airline is thought to have suffered from lost bookings and could be looking at strikes again in a month's time.

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