BA and Unite continue talks in a bid to avert strikes

Talks between British Airways (BA) and Unite are continuing in a bid to avert strikes which are due to start tomorrow (20 March).

The airline’s cabin crew will walk out on Saturday for three days in a row over pay, jobs and working conditions. A further four-day strike is planned for 27 March.

Willie Walsh, BA’s chief executive, met with Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of the Unite trade union, but they failed to reach an agreement. It is thought that Walsh made a new offer to Unite which was less favourable than the offer initially made last week, but Woodley strongly objected to the latest proposals.

Earlier this week, Unite said it would suspend the strikes if the airline reinstated a previous offer which was withdrawn after the union announced set strike dates.

The deal had included a three-year pay deal and the partial repeal of staffing cuts.

But Walsh has claimed the dispute has already cost BA nearly £30m, and that now needs to be reclaimed through any future agreement.

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