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British Airways and Unite to hold talks with fresh blood

14-Mar-2011 2:14 PM

British Airways and the Unite trade union, which represents cabin crews, are preparing to hold talks before the end of the union’s ballot on 28-Mar-2011 (The Guardian/Bloomberg, 13-Mar-2011). Both parties reportedly believe new leadership is necessary, and new BA CEO Keith Williams has stated his preparedness for a “fresh start” with the union’s new general secretary, Len McCluskey. Mr Williams stated he remains "hopeful" about striking a deal with cabin crew after the carrier’s pilots approved a labour agreement that includes a pay raise. The two-year pilot accord, which includes a 4% pay award in the first year and second year compensation to be based on productivity, won support from 95% of those voting, according to BA.