Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/28b1d/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Union leaders representing British Airways staff have made a dramatic attempt to end the deadlocked row with the airline by offering to cut cabin crew pay by 3.4 per cent. Sources said Unite had put forward a package which the union believes would save £60m and avert strikes. The union has given BA a week to mull over the proposed pay cut, however, the airline will have to accept the deal by next Tuesday or the union will move to name strike dates. For the past few months, BA has been locked in a bitter battle with its staff over jobs and working conditions and union members have twice voted in favour of industrial action. Discussions have been held under the auspices of the TUC, but there has been little sign that a deal was imminent. The TUC said: “On the initiative of [TUC general secretary] Brendan Barber, both Unite and British Airways have now committed to the objective of completing these negotiations by close of play on Tuesday, 9 March.” The union is believed to have suggested that cabin crew would accept a 3.4% pay cut and two-year pay freeze. In an effort to cut costs, BA has reduced the number of cabin crew on flights and CEO Willie Walsh made it clear this week that the changes would not be reversed.The union has until March 15 to announce industrial action, and will have to give a week’s notice before striking.