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BA talks disruption – who let the dogs in

It seems odd, that talks to avert a strike and generate a deal that appeals to both sides of the BA / Unite cabn crew dispute should have been disrupted.

The Idiots from Socialist Worker, rather bizarrely staged a protest demanding a stop to cuts and a right to work, saw around 100 people mount a noisy protest outside the building.

Bassa the (British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association) – seem to the blocking all moves over a potential deal..

When cabin crew last went on strike in March, the airline said that staff who took part in the strike would lose their travel perks permanently, including no longer being allowed to buy heavily discounted tickets.

The union wants these perks restored. It also opposes disciplinary action being taken against more than 50 union members.

However many BA passengers may be wondering why industrial action is still being pursued with such vigour.

As aviation analyst John Strickland says of Unite’s remaining motivation for striking, “it is, to the public, very much a peripheral issue”.

Quote from Comments “as far as i am concerned the only people to suffer are the passengers, and that in my book is equivalent to ‘biting the hand that feeds you’. so BA should dismiss anybody who strikes – there are plenty of people who want to work right now – I think we are still in the worst economic cycle since BA was privatized?

Police were called to escort BA boss Willie Walsh from the Acas building in London, as protesters stormed the building where talks with Unite were taking place.

Some demonstrators were said to have broken in through a side entrance forcing the talks to be suspended.

BA had hoped to reach an agreement with UNITE over planned strike action on Monday. Talks are set to resume tomorrow in a secret venue to avoid a repeat of tonight’s scenes.

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