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Talks to halt BA strike broken up
Sun, 23 May 2010 00:52:03 GMT
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British Airways staff demonstrate onboard a bus as they drive through London.
Negotiations to try to halt a planned strike by British Airways cabin crews have been abandoned after dozens of noisy protestors stormed a building in London where a meeting was being held.

On Saturday, police were called to the headquarters of the conciliation service Acas after members of the Socialist Workers Party managed to get to the 23rd floor where leaders of the Unite union were meeting with BA Chief Executive Willie Walsh.

The talks had to be abandoned amid scenes of chaos as the union officials and Walsh were surrounded by the chanting demonstrators.

Airline staff members were set to hold a five-day strike starting on Monday, the latest move in a long-running and bitter dispute between BA and the Unite trade union over working conditions at the struggling carrier.

It is not yet clear whether talks will restart Sunday, with BA representatives saying they are "assessing our position" before deciding whether to commit to them.

The airline, which is slashing costs and merging with Spanish rival Iberia in a bid to return to profitability, has been hit hard by the global economic downturn, which has decreased demand for air travel.

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