British Airways warned the pilots that they would lose travel benefits if they take part in the strike action called by the pilots’ union, BALPA on 9, 10 and 27 September.
In an email sent on Friday to its 4300 pilots the airline said it will strip the generous travel benefits enjoyed by them and their families for three years, and flights already booked will also be cancelled.
All British Airways staff and their families are eligible for travel benefits, which includes 90 per cent discounts on flights, a set of business class tickets annually, and discounted tickets to travel to work, depending on their length of service and seniority.
The Airline cancelled almost all 1600 flights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
BA said “We continue to be available for constructive talks with BALPA, on the basis that there are no pre-conditions to those talks.”…”We proposed an offer of 11.5 per cent over three years to BALPA, a deal already accepted by members of the Unite and GMB unions, which represent 90 per cent of British Airways’ staff, a deal which we believe is fair…”
According to Airline, an average BA pilot earns about £90,000, Captains earn an average of £167,000 plus £16,000 in allowances and the proposed pay rise would take them over £200,000.
Pilots’ Union is also demanding a profit sharing, similar to what BA executes are enjoying. The airline made €2.7bn in operating profit last year.