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BA and Unite 'preparing to hold strike negotiations'

British Airways and Unite are seeking to participate in strike negotiations, it has been claimed.

16 March 2011

Strike negotiations are being sought by British Airways (BA) and the Unite union, it has been claimed.

The Guardian reports that the two parties are seeking to try out negotiation strategies ahead of a forthcoming ballot by the latter's members on industrial action closes.

It noted that this vote is due to close on March 28th and claimed Len McCluskey, Unite's new general secretary, is particularly keen to arrange the participation of shop stewards in the strike negotiations after limited participation from the workers in 2010's disputes.

The publication went on to state that Keith Williams, the new chief executive of BA, has indicated he will meet with bosses at Bassa, the cabin crew wing of Unite.

"We want a positive relationship with all crew whether they are in Unite or not," a spokeswoman for BA said.

Earlier in the month, union members at a number of Spanish airports laid out plans for industrial action in the lead-up to the Easter holidays.
 

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