British Airways pilots set to go on strike

British Airways (BA) pilots have voted in favour of strike action over the amount of pay.

Talks between British Airways and its pilots have broken down.

The airline and its pilots have been in talks since June. The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) balloted members working for British Airways as to whether or not they’d like to strike.

The ballot closes on 22 July. If pilots vote in favour of industrial action, the earliest that a stoppage could begin is 5 August.

British Airways says it is offering 11.5% over three years, well above the rate of inflation.

In a tweet posted, BALPA said:” Two days of conciliation talks at ACAS between BA and BALPA have broken down without agreement. A strike ballot among pilots closes on 22 July.”

BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton added: “It is bitterly disappointing that despite two full days at ACAS we are still no further forward. BALPA tabled options for resolution but BA was not prepared to negotiate so there was no progress at all and no point continuing. Until BA changes its attitude there is little prospect of talks resuming.”

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) said 93% of its members had voted in the ballot, which took place 22 July, in favour of industrial action.

The earliest that a stoppage could begin is 5 August, strike action is set to cause severe delays over the key summer holiday period. BALPA represents about 90% of the airline’s pilots.

In a statement, BA said it was “very disappointed” that the union was threatening “the travel plans of thousands of our customers”.

British Airways said it remained open to working with the union to reach an agreement and continued to “pursue every avenue to find a solution to protect our customers’ travel plans and avoid industrial action”.

Pilots have rejected BA’s offering of 11.5% rise over three years, which the airline says is “fair and generous”.

BALPA argues that its members deserve a better offer, as BA has been making healthy profits.

British Airways said it remained open to working with the union to reach an agreement and continued to “pursue every avenue to find a solution to protect our customers’ travel plans and avoid industrial action”.

 

Resource:

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