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British Airways, union agree to emergency talks

LONDON - LONDON (AP) — British Airways and union leaders say they'll meet Wednesday for emergency talks after the airline's cabin crew members voted for a 12-day strike over Christmas.

Both sides confirm they've agreed to hold discussions at 3 p.m. (10 a.m. EST).

The Unite union says it's eager to restart talks on resolving a dispute with BA management over changes to pay and conditions for cabin crews. But the union says stopping the strike is not necessarily on its agenda for the talks.

However, BA says it will proceed with an emergency application for a court injunction to prevent the walkout. A hearing is scheduled to begin at London's High Court at 2 p.m.

A walkout over the Christmas and New Year break threatens to ruin holiday plans for a million travelers.


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