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BA cabin crew formally end dispute

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British Airways cabin crew have accepted a peace deal which brings to an end their long-running dispute.

Holidaymakers will be breathing a sigh of relief at not having to check their travel insurance cover over more travel chaos following the formal end to 18 months of conflict.

Unite revealed that there was a 72% turnout among staff, with 92% voting for what it called an "honourable settlement", and 8% against.

The trade union balloted just under 10,000 cabin crew, and announced that one of the longest disputes in recent history had been resolved.

The deal was recommended by Unite, which included a new pay agreement, as well as safeguarding routes and working arrangements as BA introduces a new fleet of crew.

Travel concessions which were removed from those who went on strike last year will also be reinstated, the union added.

There will also be a third party binding arbitration process established to consider the cases of crew disciplined by the airline during the dispute.

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