British Airways has confirmed that five cabin crew dismissed as part of a strike two years ago have been re-hired.

One of the staff members was believed to have been sacked for criticising a captain on Facebook.

Another was dismissed for making fun of International Airlines Group boss Willie Walsh, who was BA’s chief executive at the time of the industrial action.

The amnesty follows months of talks between BA and trade unions Unite and Bassa, The Sun reports this morning. BA confirmed to the newspaper that a number of former rebels – fired for criticising the business – had been let off.

The airline said: “British Airways has made the decision to allow some individuals the opportunity to return to work.” BA have also reinstated staff discounts and loyalty bonuses for strikers.