British Airways Pilots Likely to Walk the Picket Lines Next Week

07 September 2019 3:51pm
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British Airways Pilots Likely to Walk the Picket Lines Next Week

The British Airline Pilots Association says it could call off proposed strikes set for next week if British Airways agrees to come back to the negotiating table.

As it stands, a number of pilots at British Airways will take industrial action on September 9th and 10th.

The pilots’ union says it has put forward a new proposal in a letter to British Airways chief executive, Alex Cruz, in a bid to come to a deal with the company.

The strikes, voted in favor by 93 per cent of British Airline Pilots Association’s British Airways members, could still go ahead if the airline continues to refuse “meaningful discussions”.

British Airline Pilots Association general secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “Our members’ resolve is very strong, and they remain very angry with British Airways, but they also want to leave no stone unturned in trying to find a resolution to their dispute.

British Airways has rejected the British Airline Pilots Association understanding of the situation.

A statement from the airline said: “We do not believe the union is acting in good faith by making an 11th-hour inflated proposal which would cost an additional £50 million.”

The union was acting “cynically” by waiting until a late stage when the airline had already made arrangements to manage the industrial action, the carrier added. A further day of strike action is scheduled for September 27th.

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