BA and cabin crew union to meet again through arbitrator

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British Airways and the union representing its flight attendants will meet early this week for further talks with arbitrator ACAS, which will present fresh proposals aimed at putting an end to the ongoing industrial dispute.

ACAS chief conciliator Peter Harwood confirms that the arbitrator has put forward a new proposal to try and reach a conclusion to what he describes as "a very damaging dispute for all concerned". Details of the proposal are not being disclosed.

Talks will take place early this week, but Harwood says that "given past events I hope everyone understands that the timing of any meetings and their location will be kept secret". The last round of negotiations was disrupted by protestors from the Socialist Workers Party, who gained access to the building and surrounded BA chief executive Willie Walsh.

The Unite union last week confirmed that it plans to send a fresh ballot to its BA cabin crew members, following the last of a series of five-day walkouts.