Walsh meets union leaders
BA's ceo Willie Walsh yesterday met union leaders from Unite over the airline's plans to make cabin crew redundant.
The talks between Mr Walsh and Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson, the joint general secretaries of the union which has 28,000 workers at BA, lasted several hours.
The discussions were the first since July 24 when the two sides acknowledged their failure to agree despite calling in the UK arbitration service ACAS.
There was no one at the talks from the GMB, a second union with 7,000 members at BA, which is also in dispute with the airline.
BA is seeking 3,700 redundancies, a two year pay freeze and changes in working practices.
A spokesman for the carrier confirmed the talks but declined to comment any further other than to say there will be further meetings between the two sides.
No one from Unite was available to comment.
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