UK: New British Airways-Union talks for Friday

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After six hours of discussions, British Airways and Unite union leaders have agreed to resume talks on Friday, following Unite’s statement earlier on Wednesday that any resolution to the dispute would ‘not be easy’.

Today marks the fourth day of the current five-day stoppage, with the next strike due to begin this Saturday if management and union cannot reach a deal.

Willie Walsh, the Chief Executive, has attacked the fact that prior agreements made with Unite’s leadership have then been rejected by that branch of the union which represents cabin crew, Bassa. BA also intends to push for a full court hearing on whether or not Unite adhered to correct strike balloting procedure, despite last week’s appeal court ruling in the union’s favour.

Tony Woodley, for Unite, has in turn called for the restoration of travel perks for workers involved in previous strike action.

Source: bbc.co.uk/26.05.2010

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