BA reject last minute talks with Unite to save strike
May 23rd, 2010 by elisa

Today has been rather a busy one in the media as Unite’s joint general secretary Tony Woodley very publicly offered to call off the latest strike if travel perks for cabin staff were reinstated. He said “Willie, turn round and reinstate our people’s travel, without unnecessary vindictive removal of their service, and this union will call off tonight’s strike.”

BA issued a statement saying “we have already offered to reinstate travel concessions to cabin crew once all elements of our offer have been implemented.

“Of more concern to us is Tony Woodley’s comment to the media that he wants to revisit certain proposals in our offer, when previously he had indicated that these were agreed.”

Yesterday’s talks were halted because of an interruption by protesters. BA’s chief executive, Willie Walsh said on BBC’s ‘Andrew Marr Show’ that during Saturday’s talks he had been appalled to see that Derek Simpson (Unite’s joint leader) had been using his blackberry to update followers of the progress. Mr Walsh said “sending out his version of events to the wider audience, that really did undermine my confidence in his desire to resolve this situation.”

At the time of writing this blog, one hour before the strikes are due to start, no agreement has been reached and strikes will go ahead as planned.

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