BA ends industrial dispute

The industrial dispute between British Airways (BA) and its cabin crew has finally come to a close after nearly two years.

Upon recommendation from Unite the union, the majority, 92%, of the union’s members voted in favour of the agreements reached between Unite and the airline.

The news comes as Virgin Atlantic’s staff has announced they will be going through with the first strike in the company’s 27-year history.

BA’s dispute over pay started in October 2009 and has involved 10,000 members. 72% of which voted in the postal ballot.

Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, who had worked with BA's chief executive Keith Williams to negotiate the deal, 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.”
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