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Nope. It’s only for cases not yet completed.

Even if arbitration recommended re-instatement, there is no compulsion for BA to re-instate anyone it fires. The “binding” element would only refer to no further appeals etc. not to whether or not an individual is re-instated.


Dear colleagues

I am pleased to announce that a settlement has been agreed with Unite in
the long-running dispute over cabin crew issues. Unite will recommend
acceptance of the deal in a ballot of members over the coming weeks.

I welcome the fact that at last we have reached a point where we can put
this dispute behind us.

I want to pay tribute to colleagues at all levels of the company whose
determination and hard work over the last 18 months did so much to create
the conditions for the settlement that has become possible in recent weeks.
This has been a remarkable team effort.

Our agreement with Unite involves acknowledgement by the union that the
structural changes we have made in crew operations are permanent. The
changes in numbers of onboard crew will remain, and the recruitment of new
crew at Heathrow on different terms and conditions will continue.

Unite has also acknowledged that we need to modernise the way we work with
each other. So we have agreed changes to our internal procedures that are
better suited to our highly competitive, customer-focused industry while
ensuring that workplace issues can be raised promptly and effectively.

Once these new working relationships are fully implemented, I will
recommend to the Board the full restoration of staff travel concessions to
crew who went on strike last year.

We have given assurances to address concerns on earnings and lifestyle
associated with the introduction of new crew, and there will be an external
review process for uncompleted disciplinary cases arising from the dispute.

In line with previous offers, crew will receive pay rises of up to 2.9 per
cent this year and up to 3.0 per cent next year. Further rises of 1.1 per
cent this year and 0.5 per cent next year are available, subject to
equivalent additional productivity savings.

We all have enormous admiration for the professionalism and skills of
British Airways cabin crew. Together we have a great future in serving our
customers and making this airline the envy of our competitors. It is time
for us all to move forward.

Keith Williams
Chief Executive

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