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British Airways Pilots Call off the Strike

British Airways Pilots Call off the Strike
Jackie Reddy

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), the union which represents British Airways (BA) pilots, announced on Wednesday that it has now canceled a strike scheduled for September 27th. This cancellation follows two days of strike action which occurred earlier this month on September 9th and September 10th  which, in addition to canceling thousands of flights, resulted in the loss of roughly $20,000 worth of perks for BALPA members.

Pilots were due to conduct additional strikes in protest over a pay deal that would have seen them receive an 11.5 percent increase over three years. In its statement, BALPA said that the strikes that had taken place earlier this month “had demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots.” But, BALPA’s public statement suggests that the pilots themselves called off the strike. Offering his comments on the situation, BALPA General Secretary Brian Strutton said, “Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA the pilots have decided to take the responsible course. In a genuine attempt at establishing a time out for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on the 27th September.”

“BA passengers rightly expect BA and its pilots to resolve their issues without disruption and now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism to be brought to bear. I hope BA and its owner IAG show as much responsibility as the pilots,” he added.

Despite the cancellation of these strikes, BALPA has clarified that it will announce additional action if the airline declines to engage in “meaningful new negotiations”.

Offering its comments on the cancellations of the strikes, BA has stated on its website that it is, “…now considering the implications for our schedule and we will give updates in due course.”

More information on these cancellations can be found on the FlyerTalk forum here.

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