British Airways Pilots will be on strike for three days in September over pay dispute with the management.
The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) which represents 90% of the BA pilots said, the airline rejected its proposal, and as a “last resort” decided to go on strike.
BALPA said the pilots will take industrial action on 9, 10 and 27 September, which likely to disrupt travel plans of thousands of passengers.
“Over recent years BA pilots have made sacrifice after sacrifice to assist the company such as taking a pay cut, productivity increases, closing the final salary pension scheme, giving up annual leave days, a new rostering system, and reducing flying pay,” Balpa said.
The airline said its “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.”
British Airways will be offering refunds and re-bookings for passengers booked on cancelled flights during the strike dates. In the meantime, Airline said it is “exploring options to supplement our fleet by using aircraft and crew from other airlines (wet-leasing)”
and “We are working with our partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft to take the maximum number of customers”
Flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR and Comair are not affected