Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BA Strike Threat Lifted as Cabin Crew Agree Deal

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BA Strike Threat Lifted as Cabin Crew Agree Deal

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Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent

BRITISH Airways cabin crew today voted to end their 18-month dispute with the airline, lifting the threat of summer strikes.

The dispute resulted in 22 days of strikes last year losing BA [pounds sterling]150 million plus millions more in future bookings.

A mass meeting of cabin crew near Heathrow today voted to accept a new deal on pay, terms and conditions.

The key element is that strikers who lost valuable travel concessions -- staff pay 10 per cent of the normal fare -- will have them restored.

Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said it was an "honourable" settlement "to a very bitter dispute". He added: "This agreement will allow us to go forward in partnership together in strengthening this great British company -- good news for BA, its employees and its customers alike."

A BA spokeswoman said: "Our agreement with Unite involves acknowledgement by the union that the cost-saving structural changes we have made in cabin crew operations are permanent. …

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