Sackings hinder BA and Unite talks
August 31st, 2010 by elisa

Over 80 British Airways cabin crew have been suspended and 13 sacked throughout the time of the strikes and talks between BA and Unite.

Unite say the disciplinary action is ‘seriously complicating’ talks to come to an agreement over pay and working conditions. An article in the Telegraph newspaper quoted a Unite spokesman today who said: ”The continuing rise in the number of unjustified suspensions and dismissals is seriously complicating any attempt to bring this dispute to an end.”

A BA spokesman was also quoted: ”Most of the suspensions have related to allegations from other employees of bullying and intimidation. It would be a dereliction of our duty of care as an employer to ignore these.

”Investigations into any allegations are conducted under the company’s disciplinary procedures, which have been in place for many years, are fair, open and transparent and are agreed with all our trade unions, including Unite.”

Talks between the Union and BA to try to settle the long-standing dispute are to be held next week. Unite say that if an agreement is not reached soon then a new strike ballot is inevitable.

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