Holidaymakers travelling with British airways could give a sigh of relief yesterday when it was revealed their will be no strike from the BA cabin crew – temporarily at least.
Instead peace talks will continue for a 28-day extension, to prevent further peace talks.
Just days after both Unite and BA consulted a clinical psychologist, in an effort to heal the deep rift between the two parties, Unite’s new leader, Len McCluskey, and BA’s new chief executive, Keith Williams meet to try and compromise and reach a deal over the dispute.
However, throughout the 28-days of peace talks the union can still call a strike if they wish, at any point during this time.
The risk of a strike hitting the busy Easter holidays or Royal Wedding are now decreasing but there are still worries it could hit the school half-term break.
Meeting senior figures, Mark Hamilin is said to be acting as ‘a long term relationship builder’. Mr Hamilin, who’s company specialises in dealing with issues of trust, was acknowledged in a joint statement by BA and Unite who said their process of ‘cooperation building’ had been ‘assisted by a highly-regarded external company’.
BA and the union said it hoped that ‘the optimism of recent weeks can be turned into a reality’.
Insiders have said the 28-extension is a ‘positive sign’, and an agreement was hoped for.
BA and the union said it hoped the ‘the optimism of recent weeks can be turned into a reality.’