Facing strike action, BA and union hold talks

Hotel News - 17/05/2010

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British Airways and Unite, which represents the airline's cabin crew, are set to hold more negotiations aimed at avoiding another round of damaging strikes. Flight attendants are due Tuesday to strike for five days. This would be only the first in a series of walkouts. Unless an agreement can be reached between BA and staff, the carrier faces up to 20 days of action.

Claiming the union breached UK law in the strike vote, British Airways is seeking a High-Court injunction to stop the walkout going ahead as planned. Further action would heap more financial misery on BA, which has already endured seven days of strike action in March, as well as the costly effects of air-travel chaos resulting from the European ash cloud.

The latest industrial action arises as a result not of the original causes for staff unhappiness but, rather, is driven by what cabin crew see as BA's unfair response for the earlier strike. Negotiations have already produce agreement on the original complaints. Staff are now planning to take action in a bid to get BA to reinstate cheap flight perks that were suspended after the previous walkout. The union says this move was wrong, given that its members had acted in accordance with the law in the previous strike.

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