BA rejects strike talks as four execs are granted court costs

BRITISH Airways (BA) yesterday said it would not go back into negotiations with the Unite union over the threat of a three week cabin crew strike despite repeated requests to do so.

A spokesperson from the airline said BA has made its position clear and that further negotiations being sought by Unite will not happen.

Unite also asked BA to reinstate Duncan Holley, the union leader who was let go for misconduct.

BA responded by saying that a full disciplinary action was carried out into Holley’s behaviour and said it does not comment on individuals.

Meanwhile, costs have been granted to the British Airways (BA) executives acquitted by a judge earlier this week over price-fixing allegations, which are thought to run into millions of pounds.

Three former BA executives, Iain Burns, Alan Burnett and Martin George and current head of sales Andrew Crawley were told by Justice Owen yesterday that they each will be granted costs, currently undisclosed, from a central fund.

The hearing comes the day after a Southwark Crown Court jury acquitted the BA four from cartel collusion allegations over fixing passenger fuel surcharges with rivals Virgin Atlantic.

Sir Richard Branson’s airline wasgranted immunity from the charges by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) after it notified the regulator of communication between the two carriers.

As part of the charges, the OFT had imposed a £121.5m fine on BA. It is unclear now whether BA will pay it.