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BA makes new offer to cabin crew to prevent further strike action

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by Kay Murchie

The Unite union last week announced plans to ballot its 12,000 cabin crew members on Tuesday, however, it will now be postponed following an offer from British Airways (BA).

So far, cabin crews have held 22 days of strikes after being involved in a long-running dispute with the airline over cost-cutting measures, which include 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 the strike in March.

Union leader Tony Woodley has said union members will now consider the new deal.

Mr Woodley said the new offer includes two years of guaranteed rises in basic salary from February 2011.

“I’ve got no doubt it would be suicidal, indeed inexplicable, if we didn’t put this offer to our members at this stage,” Mr Woodley said.

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

The airline has already lost £150 million in 2010 from previous strikes this year.

In a statement today, BA said: “We believe our offer is fair and reasonable and provides a genuine opportunity to end this dispute.”

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