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BA's cargo workers call off strike after deal reached over pay and conditions

FRESH strikes by British Airways (BA) cargo workers have been called off after a deal was reached to end a dispute over pay and conditions.

The Unite union said that it expected that its members, mainly based at Heathrow airport, will vote to accept the agreement.

Cargo staff withdrew their labour for nine days over the Christmas and new year period and were due to stage more walkouts from this weekend.

Unite said that the deal with BA includes no compulsory redundancies, a pay rise for most staff and an end to the threat of workers being sacked and re-employed on worse terms and conditions.

The union said that a deadlock in negotiations had been broken last week, when new BA chief executive officer Sean Doyle became directly involved.

Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “This is a tremendous result and finally ends the threat of workers in BA Cargo being fired and rehired at British Airways.

“Fire and rehire is proving to be the present-day go-to weapon of the worst type of employers. 

“Workers up and down our nations in many instances are being forced to pay for the Covid crisis with reduced terms and conditions.”

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