BA in talks with unions to avert strike threat

British Airways (BA) and unions will meet later today to discuss the airline’s jobs cuts and changes to pay and conditions.

The talks come after BA revealed last week that it was cutting the equivalent of 1,700 jobs, changing working practices and imposing a two-year pay freeze for basic cabin crew without seeking union agreement.

Unions said they’ll have no option but to ballot for strike action if the changes are imposed on staff.

The cuts are part of a total of 3,700 jobs to be axed over the next year, according to the BBC.

BA said in addition to the 1,700 cabin crew jobs, it is looking at finding additional cuts among check-in and administration staff.

The talks between senior BA managers and Unite bosses are due to take place at the conciliation service Acas.

Unite joint leaders Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson said BA’s proposals, which are due to be imposed from 16 November, were a “fundamental attack” on jobs, wages and career opportunities.

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