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Statement from Acas on BA/Unite BASSA dispute

Friday 14 May 2010

Acas has noted the announcement of further strikes to start next Tuesday and the public communications put out by both parties in the above dispute. We understand that no further talks are planned. The current dispute has now been running for several months and is not only affecting the parties but also the travelling public at a time when the industry has been hard hit by the volcanic ash fall-out.

Acas has a statutory role to encourage parties to seek settlement of their disputes. The parties are aware of our role and Acas has had informal involvement since last July. Acas believe that, given the escalation of this dispute and the widespread impact it will have, it is necessary for us to make this formal public invitation to both sides to attend Acas talks about the issues and to determine what processes may be needed to reach a settlement.

Acas believe that such discussions must take place urgently and, to that end, will be in touch with both parties to make arrangements about the venue and timing.

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