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Four-day strike by BA cabin crew suspended

A planned four-day strike by British Airways cabin crew has been suspended to allow fresh talks to be held, according to union sources.

Strike suspended Credit: Press Association

Members of the Unite union were due to walk out on Friday in the latest action over a long-running pay dispute.

Talks will now be held at the conciliation service Acas.

It is understood that Unite is taking legal cases on behalf of 1,400 members who say their travel benefits have been taken away because of taking part in previous strikes.

The union says the so-called mixed fleet cabin crew, who joined BA since 2010, are on lower pay than other staff.

BA says mixed fleet cabin crew's pay and rewards are in line with cabin crew at competitor airlines.

New cabin crew in their first year working full time at British Airways will receive more than £21,000 based on pay, allowances, incentives and bonus, said the airline.


Mum fears son could miss kidney op because of strike

Jakob undergoes dialysis treatment every day

The financial and personal costs of the Southern Rail dispute became clearer today, with estimates that each walkout costing the economy around 11 million pounds.

Today, there was another strike - by rail conductors - following three days of action last week - involving drivers.

There are plans for a 3-day walkout from New Year's Eve, and there's due to be a six-day long strike from the 9th of January 2017.

The family of 13-year-old Jakob Goodison who has kidney failure and needs specialist treatment in London are terrified he could miss out on a kidney transplant if an organ becomes available. His parents do not drive, so they have been spending hundreds of pounds on taxis to get to hospital on strike days. They are worried they would not be able to get to the hospital in time fpr an operation to take place. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees are Jeni Goodison, Jakob's mother; Jakob himself; and Aidan Skinner, a rail commuter.


Autistic schoolboy says Southern delays threaten his education

Southern Rail services are at a standstill once again today in the final day of action by drivers this week.

It follows protests by commuters in London last night, after talks with the union ASLEF ended without agreement.

But workers aren't the only ones affected- Matthew Collett-Leslie has autism and is struggling to get to school and is concerned about his exams:

Southern strike resumes causing misery for rail passengers

Credit: PA

Hundreds of thousands of passengers face another day of strikes on Southern Rail.

They're being urged not to attempt to travel on Southern routes as drivers from the ASLEF Union walk out in the ongoing dispute over Driver Only Operation trains.

Talks between the union and Southern Rail ended yesterday at the conciliation service ACAS without reaching a compromise to end the industrial action.

The 24 hour strike on Friday follows a 48 hour strike which took place on Tuesday.

Southern services to be severely disrupted on Thursday

Services on Thursday will be severely affected Credit: ITV

Passengers on Southern and Gatwick Express have been warned to expect services to be severely disrupted tomorrow, Thursday 15 December, following today’s industrial action.

Southern Passenger Services Director Angie Doll said: "We will be working hard to run as many services as possible tomorrow, but regrettably I have to warn passengers that services will be severely impacted, with reductions and cancellations across all routes.

“With today’s strike ending at midnight, despite our best efforts, some trains and crew will still not be in position for tomorrow’s service; and the overtime ban will continue to have a serious impact."

The train operator is advising passengers to check the Southern website ( before they travel on the day.

On Friday, 16 December, when ASLEF drivers will again be on strike, there will be no Southern services and Gatwick Express will run every half an hour, instead of every 15 minutes, while Thameslink will run a normal timetable. Passengers are advised not to travel on Friday.

Theresa May says Southern strike is "appalling"

Conservative Tim Loughton, East Worthing and Shoreham MP, has asked for an assurance everything will be done to end a "nonsense of a strike" and "give our constituents their lives back".

At Prime Minister's Questions, Theresa May agreed that it was an "appalling strike" and suggested that Jeremy Corbyn should call Aslef, who donate to Labour, and tell them to call the "strike off immediately".

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