Belfast Telegraph

BA and Unite accept invitation to hold fresh talks over cabin crew pay dispute

The two sides in the British Airways cabin crew pay dispute have accepted an invitation to hold fresh talks in a bid to break the deadlocked row.

Members of the Unite union working in BA's so-called mixed fleet have staged a series of strikes since the start of the year in protest at "poverty" pay.

BA says all its customers have flown to their destinations on strike days.

Talks were held at the conciliation service Acas at the end of last year but failed to resolve the row.

An Acas spokesman said: "We're pleased to report that BA and Unite have both accepted our invitation to attend Acas talks.

"We're currently in discussions with the parties to arrange a suitable date for the talks to take place."

The two sides have clashed over pay, with Unite saying the cabin crew earned an average of £16,000 a year, including allowances, but BA insisting no-one was paid below £21,000.

Staff on the mixed fleet, who work on short and long-haul flights, joined BA since 2010.