New talks to avert BA strike
FRESH talks are to be held in a bid to avert the threat of strikes by British Airways cabin crew, it was announced today.
Unite said the union and the airline had agreed to meet to try to find a negotiated settlement to the bitter row over jobs, pay and conditions which almost led to a 12-day walkout over Christmas.
Unite’s members voted by 9-1 in favour of industrial action and were set to launch the lengthy strike just before Christmas before BA took legal action to prevent the stoppage going ahead.
The High Court ruled that the vote was unlawful because the union had balloted workers who had subsequently left BA.
Unite said it was pressing ahead with re-balloting its 12,500 members despite news of the peace talks, which will be held at the TUC over the next few days.
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."