chances of averting strike action in the British Airways (BA) dispute have
improved after "significant progress" in last night’s talks between
the managers and union officials.
handlers and check-in staff have voted to strike over pay for 24 hours next
Friday – one of the busiest times of the year. Union leaders spent more than
eight hours negotiating with airline managers to try to break the deadlock.
has offered an extra £1,000 to its workers if sickness absence is halved. But
unions are unhappy that pay is being linked to sick leave.
Blisset, chief negotiator for the GMB union, said: "We have made
significant progress and I am very hopeful of reaching a resolution to this
dispute. We are within touching distance of a deal, although there is still a
little way to go."
company has offered an 8.5 per cent pay rise over three years.