Talks fail to resolve Heathrow dispute

Talks
to resolve the dispute between British Airways and staff at Heathrow Airport
have broken down.

Staff
are protesting the introduction of a compulsory new electronic ‘clocking in’
system, and wildcat strike action over the weekend forced the closure of the
airport.

Workers
say they are worried about how the system might be used and have asked for
assurances about shift patterns and jobs.

National
officials from the three unions involved, the Transport and General Workers
Union, Amicus and GMB, said no decision would be made about holding an
industrial action ballot until consultations with workers were held over the
next 24 hours.

The
unions had also called for a meeting with BA’s chief executive Rod Eddington,
but claim he refused to meet them.

By Quentin Reade

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