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British Airways crew Christmas strikes suspended

Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended, said the union Unite.

Members of Unite were due to walk out over Christmas in a dispute over pay.

The union said workers employed in the so-called mixed crew - who have joined since 2010 - were on lower pay than other staff.

Lengthy talks at conciliation service Acas have led to a revised offer which will be put to a ballot of union members.

The union is recommending the renewed offer to its more than 2,700 mixed fleet members at BA.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "Over the past four days, and indeed the past two years, this union has worked tirelessly to find a resolution to the issues causing our members concern.

"We now have a new offer from the company which we will now put to our members. The two-day strike over Christmas and Boxing Day is now suspended.

"It will be for our members now to decide if BA has done enough to meet their concerns.

"I want to pay tribute to our cabin crew members who have been determined to achieve a negotiated settlement.

"Their commitment to secure a better deal for all their colleagues is something we should all admire."

On Tuesday a planned 48-hour pay strike by baggage handlersand check-in staff at 18 airports across the UK, including including Belfast International and Belfast City, was been called off.

Members of Unite employed by Swissport were due to walk out from Friday, threatening disruption for families and other travellers leaving the UK for Christmas.

They voted for industrial action in protest at a 4.65% pay offer over three years.

The strike was called off following talks at the conciliation service Acas.

Meanwhile, a ban on overtime by drivers on Southern Railway continued to cause delays and cancellations to services, which are likely to continue over Christmas.

Members of Aslef went on strike for three days last week, which halted all Southern's services, and are due to stop work for a week from January 9 unless there is a breakthrough in their deadlocked dispute over driver-only trains.

Rail, Maritime and Transport union members on Southern ended their latest 48-hour stoppage at midnight and are set to strike for three days from New Year's Eve over changes to the role of conductors.

Pilots at Virgin Atlantic are due to start a "work to contract" from Friday in a dispute over union recognition.

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