British Airways has confirmed that the threat of a new round of strike action by cabin crew has been called off.
The action would have involved around 2,900 staff as part of the airline’s mixed-fleet cabin crew.
However, the union announced that talks will now be held at conciliation service Acas to try and reach an agreement of the long-running dispute over pay and benefits.
There has been a total of 26 days of strike action since the beginning of January which has led to the cancellation of flights and the airline chartering, or ‘wet leasing’, aircraft from other airlines such as Titan Airways, Vueling and Thomson Airways to cover striking cabin crew, according to the union.
The latest wave of action had been prompted by BA’s refusal to restore travel concessions withdrawn from those who took part in strike action, it claimed.
BA announced on Saturday that Unite had called off the strikes scheduled for the weekend.
“All flights will operate as planned,” the airline said.
Further industrial action would have piled extra pressure on the airline which is still facing compensation payouts following a systems failure which left 75,000 passengers stranded over the late May bank holiday weekend.
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