BA and Unite schedule new talks

British Airways and leaders of union Unite will meet next week in a fresh attempt to settle the dispute with cabin crew, now running for more than a year, but with the prospect of renewed strikes this autumn on the agenda.

Unite accused BA of turning down a series of proposals to resolve their disagreement over the airline’s withdrawal of travel perks to cabin crew who joined 22 days of strikes earlier this year and the sacking of 13 cabin crew Unite members.

Union joint general secretary Tony Woodley warned in a message to members: “The possibility of balloting you once more on industrial action remains an option.”

A mass meeting of cabin crew is also due next week to discuss the next moves.

In a statement, BA said it remained focused “on trying to find a way to resolve this dispute”.

A breakdown in next week’s talks would be likely to trigger a four-to-five week process involving a ballot and legal notification before any resumption of strikes.

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