‘Little progress’ made in BA dispute

Talks aimed at resolving the dispute which left thousands of British Airways passengers stranded last week have made “little progress”, a senior union source says.

The Transport and General Workers’ Union (T&G) is locked in talks with Gate Gourmet, the in-flight catering company which sacked 670 of its staff.

The union wants them all reinstated – but the firm says it will only accept half of them back.

The dismissal of the Gate Gourmet workers led to a sympathy strike by BA baggage handlers. Many flights were disrupted, bringing chaos to 70,000 Heathrow passengers last week.

T&G general secretary Tony Woodley dismissed the firm’s offer to reinstate half the sacked staff, saying it was “not acceptable”.

Gate Gourmet has maintained that it has to change its working practices and cut costs at its UK operations in the face of huge losses.

Talks between the two sides are due to resume today.

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