Published on Friday, August 11, 2017

Union urges BA to get back to the negotiating table

Unite the union has renewed a call for British Airways to get back to the negotiating table after a meeting on Friday.

It made the plea on behalf of the airline's mixed fleet crew who are in a long-running dispute over their so-called 'poverty pay'.

Staff are on their 66th strike day and plan to continue their industrial action until Wednesday August 30, which includes the busy bank holiday weekend.

"It would cost British Airways mere pennies compared to its soaring profits to solve this dispute," said Unite national officer Oliver Richardson.

"Yet still the airline insists on spending millions on wet leasing aircraft and the prospect of mounting legal costs to defend low pay and punishing workers on poverty pay.

"Our members are clear in their determination. We would urge British Airways to get around the negotiating table and hammer out a resolution to this dispute to avoid the disruption and financial cost of continued strike action."

Unite went on to warn BA that it was storing up future legal costs because of its 'belligerence' towards the crew.

It claims they have been victim to sanctions, including the removal of bonuses and 'incentives' worth hundreds of pounds in addition to travel concessions from striking workers.

BA claims the strike has had minimal impact on its services.

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