ACAS brought in to mediate BA and Unite talks

by Ella FAIRCHILD on June 14, 2010

ACAS, a UK based conciliation service, has stepped in as of today to help mediate the conflict between British Airways and Unite, the union that represents its cabin crew workers.

Currently, proposals recommended from ACAS are being kept confidential as proceedings are ongoing. Both parties have scheduled meetings for this week. The meeting location is being kept strictly confidential after difficulties with threats were experienced at the last meeting’s locale, causing it to be cancelled.

The move to bring in ACAS is being heralded as a step in the right direction, however it remains unclear what new proposals have been offered. It is, however, certain that BA will experience serious financial difficulty should the dispute carrying on much longer. The airline posted staggering revenue losses last week in its annually published report.

In the report, BA boss Willie Walsh said that it was disappointing to be having issues with such valued members of the BA staff during a time when financial losses for the airline were high. Since March, BA cabin crew members have staged a total of 22 days of walkouts causing flights to be cancelled and delayed.

The airline has continued to struggle this year, in the wake of the widespread airspace closures during the volcanic eruption and the industrial action, which has been ongoing for months. The latest dispute surrounds the cabin crew members’ last strike during which BA stripped strikers of all travel perks.

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