British Airways has confirmed that trade union, BALPA, representing its pilots, has given notice that they will strike on September 9th, 10th and 27th.
In a statement the airline said:
“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.”
“We are now making changes to our schedule. We will do everything we can to get as many people away on their journeys as possible. However, it is likely that many of our customers will not be able to travel and we will be offering refunds and re-bookings for passengers booked on cancelled flights.
- Flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR and Comair are not affected
- We are exploring options to supplement our fleet by using aircraft and crew from other airlines (wet-leasing)
- We are working with our partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft to take the maximum number of customers
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 nearly 90 per cent of all British Airways colleagues including engineers, cabin crew and ground staff. In addition to basic pay, pilots also receive annual pay increments and regular flying allowances.
We continue to pursue every avenue to find a solution to avoid industrial action and protect our customers’ travel plans.”