BA, union resume talks
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)