BA, union battle could soon be over

British Airways cabin crews are to
be balloted on a new deal that could end their long-running industrial dispute.

The new offer was reached in talks
between BA chief executive Willie Walsh and Unite joint leader Tony Woodley.

The union has been pressing for the
restoration of travel concessions removed from members who went on strike
earlier in the year.

It has also been trying to reverse
disciplinary sanctions imposed on union members during the dispute.

“There will be a consultative
ballot on the offer and we’re working to get this underway as soon as
practically possible,” said a Unite spokeswoman.

BA has yet to comment on the
announcement.

The airline’s cabin crew workers
have staged 22 days of strike action since March, costing the airline $238
million.

When the dispute began in November
last year, it centred on changes to staffing levels, pay and working
conditions.

However, Unite has since said that
the core issues are the removal of the travel concessions and the
implementation of disciplinary sanctions against its members since March.

BA reported earlier this month that
its passenger numbers in September were 1.3 per cent  higher than a year earlier.

However, its total traffic for the
year to date is still down on a year ago, following the strike action and
April’s volcanic ash cloud which grounded flights across Europe.

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