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BA crew to be balloted on new deal to end strikes

British Airways cabin crews are to be balloted on a new deal that could end their long-running industrial dispute.

The new offer was reached in talks between BA chief executive Willie Walsh and Unite joint leader Tony Woodley.

The union has been pressing for the restoration of travel concessions removed from members who went on strike earlier in the year.

It has also been trying to reverse disciplinary sanctions imposed on union members during the dispute.

"There will be a consultative ballot on the offer and we're working to get this underway as soon as practically possible," said a Unite spokeswoman.

BA cabin crew have staged 22 days of strike action since March, costing the airline £150m.

When the dispute began in November last year, it centred on changes to staffing levels, pay and working conditions.

However, Unite has since said that the core issues are the removal of the travel concessions and the implementation of disciplinary sanctions against its members since March.

BBC News

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