British Airways and Unite, the union representing the carrier’s cabin crew, announced they will commence negotiations to resolve the ongoing cabin crew pay and working conditions dispute (Financial Times, 06-Jan-2010). Unite stated the negotiations will be held under the auspices of the Trade Union Congress and it will approach the talks in a “constructive spirit”. Unite confirmed it is re-balloting its 12,500 members over potential strike action, after a UK court ruled its previous strike ballot as void.
British Airways: “We have always said we would make ourselves available for talks with Unite at any time without preconditions. We are pleased that this new round of talks will now proceed under the auspices of the TUC,” Company statement. Source: Financial Times, 06-Jan-2010.