UK: Around 4000 British Airways pilots strike following disputes over pay and benefits

Author: Phil Davies, Travel Weekly, Published on: 12 September 2019

"BA strike: Crippling pilots’ walkout should be ‘wake up call’ to carrier", 10 September 2019

British Airways had “no option” but to cancel almost all its flights yesterday and today due to an unprecedented walkout by pilots...

...The action could cost the airline up to £40 million a day with around 4,000 pilots are involved in the strike.

The strength of feeling among pilots in the dispute over pay and conditions should be a “wake-up call” for BA, according to the British Airline Pilots Association. Balpa said the strike action was supported “virtually 100%” of its members at BA in the dispute over pay and benefits...

...The industrial action came despite BA chief executive Alex Cruz claiming an agreement had been reached two weeks ago at the conciliation service Acas...

...BA said: “...After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this. Unfortunately, with no detail from Balpa on which pilots would strike, we had no way of predicting how many would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly, so we had no option but to cancel nearly 100% our flights. We remain ready and willing to return to talks with Balpa."...

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