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Jul 6, 2009

BA calls in Mediator


Last week the Irish Independent reported that British Airways "the worlds favourite airline" had called in mediators to attempt to reach agreement with unions on cost savings including pay reductions and redundancies. BA currently employs 40,000 people but its most recent accounts revealed losses of £375,000,000 to the end of March 09. It has has been actively trying to reduce costs for some time and has already reached agreements with pilots and engineers on various cost saving initiatives. In addition over 4000 staff members have agreed to take various periods of unpaid leave. However it's recent call to workers to work for free has angered some unions (although approximately 800 staff have signed up for the scheme) and BA felt that negotiations had stalled with representatives of its 14,000 cabin crew.

 

BA's decision to call in external support highlights the important role that mediation can play in reaching agreements in the work place either between individual staff members through an informal grievance resolution process or in the context of collective bargaining. It's particularly beneficial where both parties have adapted particular positions, for whatever reason, and are unwilling or in many cases unable to give any ground for fear of losing face. Mediation offers a solution to this impasse. To find out m ore about mediation in the workplace click on the following linkMediation