The Unite union has raised the threat of renewed strikes at British Airways by suspending a ballot of cabin crew on a deal to settle their long-running dispute.

Union leaders had previously recommended a proposed settlement, but halted the ballot today after cabin crew representatives refused to endorse it. They will go back to the airline to try to renegotiate the terms following a meeting with cabin crew reps.

In a statement, Unite joint general secretary Tony Woodley said: “Unite and I personally will not under any circumstances recommend any offer that was not also recommended by our elected representatives.”

Woodley said BA’s latest offer did include “significant modifications” of the airline’s previous position” and it had earlier been “reluctantly agreed” to recommend the deal.

However, he said: “Our cabin crew representatives have, on reflection decided they can no longer support a recommendation of this offer.”