BA and Unite to hold talks

6 Jan 2010 by Mark Caswell

British Airways and Unite have agreed to hold talks “aimed at finding a negotiated settlement” to the dispute over cabin crew pay and conditions.

A statement on Unite’s website says that the talks will be held “under the auspices of the TUC”, with the process due to start in the next few days.

Unite joint general secretaries Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley said: “We have said all along that this dispute could only be resolved through negotiation, rather than imposition or litigation, so we are delighted to be joining BA management in talks at the TUC.

“We will be approaching those talks in a constructive spirit, seeking to find a settlement that meets the real concerns of BA’s skilled, loyal and professional cabin crew, while keeping the airline flying.”

Unite says it is also in the process of re-balloting its BA cabin crew members over industrial action. The result of the union’s previous ballot, held in December last year, was deemed illegal as some particpants were not eligible to vote.

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