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BA strikes loom as negotiations break down

Unite and BA fail to reach an agreement over travel concessions

17 June 2010

British Airways (BA) is facing further industrial action after its negotiations with trade union Unite broke down.

Conciliation service Acas confirmed that both sides were given a new set of proposals last week but were unable to agree a deal.

Unite has threatened to hold a vote on a further round of strikes, possibly on the first weekend of August, if no agreement can be reached.

BA staff initially chose to strike over concerns regarding job losses, although Unite is currently trying to reinstate travel perks which were stripped from workers who took part in last year's walk-outs.

"Unite remains committed to finding a settlement which addresses its members' concerns," said a spokesman for the union.

"We remain in touch with Acas and with British Airways to that end."

The airline has lost an estimated £150 million as a result of the 22 days of strike action which have already taken place this year.

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