The Unite union and British Airways have reached an agreement to settle their long-running industrial dispute.

BA has reportedly agreed to restore travel concessions to staff who went on strike and award a two-year pay deal worth up to 7.5 per cent.

Pay and perks were at the centre of the bitter two-year dispute which involved 22 days of strikes.

The agreement will now be put to a ballot of 10,000 union members.
Under the pay deal, staff will get up to a 4 per cent rise this year and 3.5 per cent next year.

The awards are linked to proposed productivity changes, although the exact details are not known  right now

In a statement BA said: “On behalf of our customers, we are very pleased the threat of industrial action has been lifted and that we have reached a point where we can put this dispute behind us.”

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said the union would make a “strong recommendation” that members accept what he believes is an “honourable agreement”.

“We always said that this dispute could only be settled by negotiation, not by confrontation or litigation. And so it has proved,” the BBC reported him as saying. “I am particularly pleased that travel concessions will be restored.”