British Airways Pilots to Strike on September 9, 10 and 27

24 Août, 2019, 11:55 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • British Airways Pilots to Strike on September 9, 10 and 27

British Airways pilots are set to strike for three days in September, the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) said on Friday.

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), which represents around 4,000 British Airways pilots, has announced the dates it will instruct its members to walk out over a pay dispute lasting since last November.

"In these circumstances, with a 93 per cent vote in favour of taking industrial action, and with no prospect of any further meaningful talks, we have no choice but to call this action".

The pilots said British Airways has not accepted any of the pay packages they've proposed, while the airline's most recent offer "will not gain the support of anywhere near a majority" of the pilots.

Pilots, including captains on an average of £167,000 a year, have rejected an 11.5 per cent pay rise over three years plus an extra bonus worth 1 per cent of this year's salary.

The news comes as British Airways prepares to mark its centenary this weekend.

"Our proposed deal of 11.5 per cent over three years is very fair and well above the UK's current rate of inflation, and by contrast to BALPA, has been accepted by the members of the Unite and GMB trade unions, which represent almost 90 per cent of all British Airways colleagues including engineers, cabin crew and ground staff".

The strike will be on September 9, 10 and 27 but excludes flights on flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR and Comair.

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BA said it was exploring options to supplement its fleet by using aircraft and crew from other airlines and working with its partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft.

It also claimed that three days of strike action would cost the airline around £120 million, while the gap between the groups' negotiating positions is about £5 million. BALPA insists the cost to settle the pay dispute would far outweigh any costs inflicted by even one day of strike action.

The airline had sought an injunction to prevent strikes based at London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The company said: "It is completely unacceptable that Balpa is destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands of our customers with this unjustifiable strike action".

'We are extremely sorry that after many months of negotiations, based on a very fair offer, Balpa has decided on this reckless course of action'.

But it said it is "likely that many of our customers will not be able to travel".

"We will do everything we can to get as many people away on their journeys as possible", the airline said. BALPA noted that this would be the first pilots' strike in the carrier's 100-year history.

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