BA caterer Gate Gourmet, union set to resume talks
"They're re-starting and we very much hope we will be able to get a settlement for the 670 members who were sacked in such a disgraceful manner," a spokesman for the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU) told Agence France Presse. The talks were due to resume at 3.00 pm after they broke down late Tuesday.
Gate Gourmet has refused to agree to the union's demands to reinstate all the workers.
Gate Gourmet chairman David Siegel returned to the United States on Wednesday, but the TGWU spokesman said: "His absence should not get in the way of a deal. Technology does allow him to be involved through telephone conferencing and video conferencing if necessary."
"The issue for us is making sure we get a fair settlement for all our members, both for those who were sacked and those who are still working at the company," the union's spokesman added.
The two sides held negotiations on Monday and Tuesday but they ended in acrimony with the union accusing Gate Gourmet of walking out.
Britain's flagship carrier BA said on Tuesday that it had agreed terms of a new deal that extends and improves Gate Gourmet's contract to prepare 88,000 hot meals a day for its flights out of the west London airport.
The Gate Gourmet staff were sacked two weeks ago in an industrial dispute triggered by a restructuring plan to stem haemorrhaging losses.