BA/Unite talks end without agreement

BA/Unite talks end without agreement

Talks aimed at resolving the ongoing industrial dispute between the Unite trade union and British Airways have ended without agreement.

In a meeting facilitated by Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) the two sides had continued to negotiate a compromise over pay and conditions at the airline.

However, no deal has been reached.

Following the meeting a BA spokesperson said: “There was a short meeting at ACAS.”

No further details were forthcoming.

Unite joint general secretaries Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson have been negotiating on behalf of cabin crew, while BA has been represented by chief executive Willie Walsh.

Hopes of a possible compromise were boosted with a further meeting scheduled for next week.

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An ACAS spokesperson said: “Talks will be taking place next week under the auspices of ACAS at an undisclosed location.”

Industrial Action

Late last month cabin crew at British Airways rejected the airline’s latest pay offer by 67 per cent. However, fewer than half of those represented by Unite chose to vote, suggesting support for further industrial action may be waning.

One of the main issues of contention between the two sides is the loss of travel perks for those who took part in previous strikes.

BA has offered to return perks for those needing to use staff travel to commute to work as soon as a deal is agreed, while others would regain travel concessions once a deal was fully implemented.

However, conditions for returning travel perks come at a cost of seniority, which the union has rejected. Unite has also threatened to sue over the issue.