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And here’s the latest from Unite:

Dear Colleagues

First of all we would like to once again congratulate you on your magnificent support for the strike action taken last weekend. Let us assure you that we are working night and day to find a way to reach a decent agreement with British Airways to bring this dispute to a speedy resolution.

However, there is no reason to anticipate that we will secure such an agreement before the second scheduled strike action, to run for four days from this Saturday. It is vital that you show continued commitment to our cause, and to gain the respect from your employer by supporting this strike.

We would therefore like to offer your union’s full support and assurance on two issues we know are of the utmost importance to you.

First, we repeat that the withdrawal of travel concessions from crew who have been on strike represents unacceptable anti-union bullying. Any agreement to end this dispute must and will include a framework for the full restoration of those travel concessions.

Secondly, the company has vindictively acted to dock pay from crew not just for days taken on strike, but in some cases for longer periods, significantly impacting on your income. Accordingly, Unite will pay strike pay at our agreed rate not just for days taken on strike, but for ALL days for which the employer has deducted wages as a result of the industrial action. The union is discussing with your representatives an appropriate procedure on how best to do this.

In solidarity,

Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley
Joint general secretaries

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