Unite ready to resume talks to avert BA strikes

The Unite union, which is representing British Airways cabin crew, said it was ready to resume talks to avert the potential strikes. The announcement came after negotiations between the BA management and cabin crew were dumped yesterday following demonstrators stormed the meeting.

Members of the Socialist Workers Party stormed the building where leaders of the Unite union were having negotiations with BA’s chief executive Willie Walsh. Protestors were chanting slogans and waving Socialist Worker banners. They stayed in the building until the police forced them out of the building.

A joint leader of the union, Derek Simpson, added fuel to the fire by giving a running commentary of the negotiations via Twitter.

At one point, Derek Simpson tweeted, “Intruders from left political group has infiltrated Acas building and disrupted talks ... Police called ... Much noise and stamping.”

BA described the tweets as a breach of trust.

BA has posted pre-tax losses of £531 millions for the year ended March 31, the worst results ever reported by BA since its privatization in 1987.

In case no agreement is reached, BA will facing another series of cabin crew strikes which could start from Monday and cost the struggling airline as much as £100 millions.