British Airways cabin crew dispute could be nearing a resolution as new Acas deal is tabled

The British Airways (BA) cabin crew dispute could be nearing a resolution after the conciliation service Acas revealed it had tabled fresh proposals for a deal to both sides.

It is understood the new negotiations will focus on the issue of travel perks for BA cabin crew, which they were stripped of when they went on strike.

The 22 days of strikes by the cabin crew came to an end on 2 June but Unite union has said it intends to re-ballot its members for a fresh round of industrial action, which could begin in July.

The strikes have so far cost the airline more than £150m.

A Unite spokesman said any new proposals by Acas would have to bring an end to the “punitive and discriminatory” ban on travel perks imposed by BA if they were to have any chance of success, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

A spokeswoman for BA said: “We can confirm Acas’s statement is correct but it would not be appropriate to start commenting further at this time.”

Peter Harwood, Acas chief councillor, said: “I am expecting to meet the parties again early next week but the timing of the meeting and its location will be kept secret.”

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