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British Airways in last-ditch talks to avoid strike

British Airways and the Unite union are this weekend in last-ditch talks to try and avoid potentially 15 days of strike action starting from next Monday. Even though British Airways recently won a court ruling deeming that the recent strike ballot was illegal, the Unite union has overturned this ruling on appeal and strike action is set to begin next week. So what next?

This is just the latest round of last-ditch talks between British Airways and the Unite union although many people believe the two sides are firmly entrenched in their own positions and are willing to give way and lose face in public. The unions believe that cost-cutting packages are being pushed through too quickly, and without foundation in some areas, while British Airways has accused the Unite union of being out of touch. Both sides have taken court action in the past to further their own agenda and there is immense bad feeling on both sides.

The very fact that British Airways announced losses of over £500 million this week is a reflection of how difficult the airline arena is, as well as the cost to the business in pounds and the loss of reputation from ongoing strike activity.

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