Britain’s largest union, Unite questioned British Airways’ desire to resolve a long running dispute involving mixed fleet cabin crew when the airline failed to send its key decision makers to talks at the conciliation service Acas today (Wednesday 14 June).
Expressing deep frustration, Unite said it would be writing to British Airways with a final compromise position on the outstanding issue of the sanctioning of striking cabin crew.
Unite, which is pursuing 1,400 legal cases against the airline on behalf of cabin crew who were sanctioned for taking strike action, gave British Airways until noon Friday (16 June) to accept. A failure to do so would result in further prolonged industrial action through the summer months.
Unite suspended a planned four-day strike by British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew to allow fresh talks to be held. Unite members had been due to walkout on Friday (16 June).
Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “It is deeply disappointing that British Airways failed to send key decision makers to talks at Acas and places a question mark against the airline’s desire to resolve this dispute.
“The use of sanctions by British Airways against striking members of mixed fleet cabin is divisive and, we believe, illegal, which is why we have started 1,400 legal cases.
“A final position of compromise is being given in writing to British Airways for acceptance by noon on Friday. We would implore senior bosses at British Airways to use the next couple of days to reach a settlement and avoid further damaging industrial action.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey