British Airways (BA) and union Unite have agreed to hold talks to find a negotiated settlement to the dispute over cabin crew working terms and conditions.

Representatives of both sides will be meeting at the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) over the next few days to start the process of finding a resolution to the dispute, which led to a decision by the cabin crew to take strike action. 

BA secured an injunction from the High Court blocking the 12-day strike by cabin crew over Christmas.

Unite joint general-secretaries Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley said: “We have said all along that this dispute could only be resolved through negotiation, rather than imposition or litigation, so we are delighted to be joining BA management in talks at the TUC.

“We will be approaching those talks in a constructive spirit, seeking to find a settlement that meets the real concerns of BA’s skilled, loyal and professional cabin crew, while keeping the airline flying.”

As a result of the High Court injunction secured by BA, Unite is re-balloting its cabin crew members for industrial action.