March 19th, 2010
01:01 PM GMT
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British Airways and the union representing its cabin crew were back at the bargaining table Friday trying to head off a series of two consecutive weekend strikes.

Should BA strip staff of travel perks if they strike?

The two sides met late into the night Thursday, longer than expected.

BA Chief Executive Willie Walsh said little as he left the talks in central London late Thursday. Asked whether he was still hopeful of a resolution, Walsh told CNN's Jim Boulden, "Well, I can tell you this - we'll be flying on Saturday."

The Unite union has decided to strike for three days beginning at midnight Friday, and for four more days beginning March 27. Unite represents 95 percent of BA's 15,000 cabin crew members, but not all of them plan to strike.

The airline has also threatened to cut the travel perks of staff if they decide to take part in a strike.

In January, BA said that any staff member who took part in a strike would no longer receive discounted or free travel on the airline.

The move could be seen as a game changer for staff thinking about striking as many cabin crew members rely on free travel to commute from Europe to the airline's Heathrow base.

We want to know what you think.

Should staff who strike lose their travel perks? Do you think it will persuade members of the airline not to strike?

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March 19th, 2010
09:36 AM GMT
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March 19th, 2010
09:36 AM GMT
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