Union leaders accused British Airways today of refusing to hold fresh talks to avert crippling strikes by cabin crew over Christmas.
Unite said its joint leaders Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson were prepared to meet the airline today to try to resolve a bitter row over pay, jobs and working conditions.
The union said BA turned down the offer and was pressing ahead with legal action in the High Court later today to have the strike called off.
Thousands of cabin crew are due to stage a 12-day walkout from next Tuesday until January 2, threatening travel misery for a million passengers and costing BA tens of millions of pounds.
BA insisted it was available to hold talks with the union to try to resolve the dispute.
A spokesman said: “We are available for talks and that has not changed.”