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BA claims strike negotiations may bring end to dispute

Travel perk dispute could be resolved shortly

11 October 2010

British Airways (BA) has revealed that recent strike negotiations with the Unite union could bring an end to the long-running dispute between the two sides.

BA chief executive Willie Walsh claimed that "substantive progress" was made when the firm met with union chiefs last week.

Although he did not comment specifically on the negotiations, he stated that Unite's joint general secretary Tony Woodley wishes to resolve the conflict.

He told "I believe Tony Woodley wants to resolve it. I don't believe Tony Woodley and Unite want to pursue further industrial action and would like to bring this to an end."

The dispute began around a year ago when BA reduced the number of cabin crew it employed on each of its flights.

Following a series of walkouts by staff over the issue, the British airline withdrew travel perks for those who took part in the industrial action.

Unite have appealed to BA to have these perks reinstated, but a resolution has yet to be reached. 

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