BA makes new pay offer to avoid bank holiday strike

British
Airways (BA) have made a new pay offer in a bid to avert a strike over the
August bank holiday by GMB union members.

The
union rejected an 8.5 per cent offer over three years. It is believed the
airline has added a £1,000 lump sum for staff who can show "reasonable
attendance".

The
GMB said workers will walk out on either 27, 28, 29 or 30 August, unless the
long-running dispute over pay is resolved.

It
is expected to escalate later this week when the T&G union announces the
result of a ballot among 8,000 of its members at BA, including baggage handlers.

By Michael Millar

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