BA and Unite talks fail

TALKS between British Airways and union Unite over cost savings and redundancies&nbsp; broke down last night.<br /><br />The two sides, battling over an agreement to cut thousands of jobs and freeze pay, must now abide by a 14-day cooling off period, during which there is no communication between them.<br /><br />BA wants staff to accept a two-year pay freeze and has already announced it is looking for 3,000 redundancies among crew and administrative staff.<br /><br />BA said in a statement last night: &ldquo;Unite has today registered a failure to agree in the cabin crew talks.&nbsp; A failure to agree involves a 14 day cooling off period. This period is for both sides to reflect on where they are and explore ways of resolving matters.&rdquo;<br /><br />The company&rsquo;s deadline of 30 June for an agreement has already passed without success, despite the involvement of conciliation service Acas.