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Message from BA’s London-based business customers (22 Mar 2010)

Baroness Jo Valentine is CEO of London First, whose members include many of London’s internationally based businesses. She said:

“There’s no doubt that London’s international reputation as a centre for global trade is damaged by this strike. Despite the best efforts of BA management and many staff to continue to put the interests of passengers first, the strike is reminiscent of a best forgotten era.

“The message from BA’s London-based business customers, to both sides is: ‘Get back to the negotiating table.’ And to union members: ‘Get back to work in the meantime'”


Notes to Editors

London First is a business membership organisation with a mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure.

London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes further education colleges and all of London’s universities. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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