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BA, union resume talks


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LONDON – British Airways management and union leaders resumed talks yesterday in an attempt to resolve a dispute over pay and working conditions that has led cabin crews  to repeatedly walk  off the job.Negotiators for BA  and the Unite Union  have met several times  in recent weeks, but there has been little sign  of a breakthrough  in the bitter dispute.
Cabin crews walked  out for seven days in March and they have worked only one day  since a current strike period began May 24, causing BA to cancel hundreds of flights  during a busy  vacation period.Another eight days  of strikes – with a one day breather – are scheduled and union leaders said they could ballot workers for further action  in July if the dispute  was not resolved.
BA said that it planned to increase its flying schedule for the final wave of the five-day strikes, which begins June 5. It said it would increase its Heathrow longhaul schedule to around  80 per cent of flights, up from 70 per cent this week and 60 per cent in the first strike period.
It would also increase  its Heathrow shorthaul schedule to 60 per cent  of flights, up from more than 55 per cent this  week and more than  50 per cent in the first strike period.Flights from Gatwick and London City airports are not affected  by the walkouts. (AP)