Union to postpone BA strike ballot after offer

The Unite union is set to postpone a new British Airways strike ballot so it can consider a fresh offer from the airline in the bitter cabin crew dispute, it was revealed today.

The Unite union is set to postpone a new British Airways strike ballot so it can consider a fresh offer from the airline in the bitter cabin crew dispute, it was revealed today.

Unite had been due to hold a ballot starting next Tuesday unless there was a breakthrough in the dispute, which has seen 22 days of strike action since March.

However, BA made a new offer on Friday which includes two years of guaranteed rises in basic salary from February 2011.

Today, Unite joint leader Tony Woodley indicated that an announcement of the postponement of the strike ballot was expected tomorrow.

He said it would be “suicidal and inexplicable” if the new BA offer was not put to Unite members.

The offer – and Mr Woodley’s words – suggest that there could now be an end to a dispute which has cost BA around £150m (€182.5m).

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