Talks aimed at breaking the deadlock over plans by British Airways to cut thousands of jobs and freeze pay will resume today – with no immediate prospect of an early breakthrough.
A deadline for agreeing the cost savings passed on June 30 and further negotiations have been held between the airline and unions, under the chairmanship of the conciliation service Acas.
A spokesman for the GMB said: “Following three days of talks at Acas last week, talks are due to resume tomorrow and some progress has been made.
“We do not expect the talks to conclude until later in August.”
BA bosses have said the aviation industry is facing its “biggest crisis”, and it is crucial to cut jobs and freeze pay.
Chairman Martin Broughton has warned that the market for first class and business travel may never recover and admitted BA needed to raise its cash reserves to survive the crisis.
Workers staged protests outside the company’s annual meeting in London last week, calling on shareholders to back their stance against the company’s plans.