British Airways cabin crew dispute comes to an end

British Airways cabin crew dispute comes to an end

British Airways cabin crew have accepted a deal which brings their long-running dispute with the airline to an end.

Unite said its members voted 92% in favour of accepting an “honourable” settlement in a turnout of 72%.

The union recommended the deal, which will see travel concessions returned to the crew. A new pay deal has also been agreed. Staff will get up to a 4% rise this year and 3.5% next year, linked to proposed productivity changes.

Pay and perks were at the centre of the dispute, which lasted for almost two years and saw 22 days of strikes.

Len McCluskey, Unite’s general secretary, who drew up the deal with BA’s chief executive Keith Williams, said: “Unite always firmly believed that this dispute would be solved not through conflict but through negotiation. Thankfully we have reached an honourable agreement with BA.

“The overwhelming acceptance of this deal by cabin crew means that both parties can now move forward together on securing a bright future for the airline.

“I want to pay personal tribute to the cabin crew for the principled stand they took. In these difficult times it takes courage to stand up for what you believe, but thousands of crew did so, at great personal expense and emotional cost.

“Their strength and sacrifice is to be admired and I hope it sends a message to employers everywhere that working with your workforce is the only way to secure productive change.”



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