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BA and union finally end bitter dispute

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by Kay Mitchell
BA and union finally end bitter dispute

British Airways (BA) and the Unite union have finally come to an agreement to end their bitter dispute – which has been ongoing since November 2009.

The agreement means the threat of strike action has been lifted.

Cabin crew were involved in a bitter dispute with the airline for more than 18 months over cost-cutting measures, which included a pay freeze, a switch to part-time working for thousands of staff, as well as removing travel perks, which were stripped from members during a strike more than a year ago.

The airline has admitted in the past that it is fighting for survival and said the cost-cutting programme is part of a strategy to reduce salary costs.

Today, however, after long talks, Union said the airline has agreed to restore travel concessions to staff who went on strike and award a two-year pay deal worth up to 7.5%.

According to Unite, cabin crew will be balloted over the next month and it is recommending that they accept the deal, which will see staff get up to a 4% rise this year and 3.5% next year.

The 22 days of strike action caused travel chaos for hundreds of thousands of passengers and has cost the airline millions of pounds.

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