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Contracts: Agreement on crew numbers not incorporated into employees' contracts

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    Malone and others v British Airways plc [2010] IRLR 431 HC (2 other reports)

    • Malone and others v British Airways plc

      15 March 2010

      The High Court has held that provisions regarding minimum crew complements, contained in collective agreements, were not legally incorporated into employees’ contracts of employment, and those employees could not rely on them. In any event an injunction sought by the employees, to restrain British Airways (BA) from crewing planes other than in accordance with that collective agreement, could not possibly be justified.

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In Malone and others v British Airways plc [2010] IRLR 431 HC, the High Court held that the provisions of a collective agreement purporting to set "minimum" cabin crew numbers for different routes and types of craft were not incorporated into individual employees' contracts of employment. In any event, an injunction would not be granted to restrain the employer from reducing cabin crew numbers below the levels specified, and, even if there had been a breach of contract, any award for damages would be for a nominal amount only.