Latest In Unite/BA Dispute29 March 2010
In a letter to the Guardian in March 2010, professors from the London School of Economics and other universities accused BA of having a radical agenda in a dispute that is set to enter its second weekend of strikes with no peace talks on the horizon.
A BA spokesperson said “we reject any suggestion that BA’s objective is to break the union. We have been in talks with the union for over a year, we have worked with the TUC and Acas and the company’s chief executive has appeared at talks in person to try to reach a negotiated settlement. We have also been able to reach deals with the trade unions representing our engineers and pilots.”
BA’s confirmation this week that it will strip all striking cabin crew of discounted travel perks has caused further friction between the airline and Unite, which now wants the move reversed as part of any deal. “Any agreement to end this dispute must and will include a framework for the full restoration of those travel concessions,” said Unite’s joint general secretaries, Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley.