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LHR/LGW pilots (BALPA) industrial action 9 Sep, 10 Sep, and 27 Sep

LHR/LGW pilots (BALPA) industrial action 9 Sep, 10 Sep, and 27 Sep

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Help! What do I do now?
Most importantly, don't panic and don't do anything in haste. Read these FAQ. Read the thread, particularly the posts starting from the time that the strike dates were announced. Identify your options. Think about what works for you. Then take action. If you do anything in haste, you may have thrown away good options, or you may have thrown away money that you needn't have spent.

NOTE: Some emails have been sent out by mistake notifying the cancellation of flights on 8 September and other dates. If your booking still looks OK in MMB then you don't need to take further action. A cancelled flight should be shown in MMB with struck-through text. If your flight details are not struck through, then it probably hasn't actually been cancelled. You could check ba.com to see whether BA is still taking reservations for the flight in question. If so, then the flight has not been cancelled. You may also try checking on ExpertFlyer, if you have access, to see whether your flight appears still to be operating and whether BA is still taking reservations. However, some afternoon/evening flights on 8 September have genuinely been cancelled. See main thread for details.

Has a strike been called yet?
Yes. BALPA, the pilots' union, has voted in favour of strike action, and the Court of Appeal has rejected BA's submission to have the poll set aside, so the legal process is now over. The two parties went back into talks after the legal proceedings and those talks were expected to continue into the week of 5 August.

BALPA on 23 Aug announced strikes on Monday 9 September Tuesday 10 September and Friday 27 September.

Any further strikes normally require 2 weeks notice under UK legislation.

What flights may be affected?
LHR and LGW based flights. Not LCY or STN flights. Both cabin and flight crew are in dispute with BA, but the pilots (captains, senior first officers, first officers) are closest to strike action.

How long would a strike last?
The initial strikes are for two days the a single day, with normal working in between. Any other strikes could be of any length. It would be rare in the UK for there to be a full time strike.

What would happen to my flights if it is a strike day?
A range of options have been announced, see post 1551 below for more information: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...l#post31451055

and BA Trade Site guidance here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...kba?faqid=7594

Rebooking is now allowed on Iberia, AA, Finnair, JAL and Qatar. Within Europe EI and Vueling are also allowed. This is for both revenue and redemption flights.

and the FAQ on BA.com here (this includes information on BA Holidays bookings which are substantially different): https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...st-information

Can I do anything with an existing booking now?
Yes. Your options are different depending on whether your flights are currently showing as cancelled or not. See the links above.

What about Heathrow staff - aren't their strikes planned there too?
Yes there is a separate dispute at the moment between Heathrow Airport (HAL) and their staff such as those who operate the security checkpoints. See the separate thread on the issue.

Am I protected by EC261 if there is a problem?
You are always covered by the Right to Care provisions of Regulation EC261. You could potentially be able to claim compensation for delays, cancellations and downgrades caused by BA staff action too, but not for HAL strikes (for cancellations only if there is flight is less than 14 dayís notice). See the main EC261 thread in the BA Forum Dashboard.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 9:27 am
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Originally Posted by Can I help you View Post
Having agreed a pay deal in principle, the Pilotsí union BALPA balloted their members with a recommendation that they accept it. With the ballot now complete, Iím pleased to confirm that our Pilot colleagues have formally accepted the deal, which brings the dispute over pay to a close.
Excellent news thanks for the update.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 9:30 am
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That's great news. If trains don't work to France over Xmas it gives a bit of a plan B. Thanks for the update!
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Old Dec 16, 19, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by Can I help you View Post
Having agreed a pay deal in principle, the Pilotsí union BALPA balloted their members with a recommendation that they accept it. With the ballot now complete, Iím pleased to confirm that our Pilot colleagues have formally accepted the deal, which brings the dispute over pay to a close.
Thank goodness, and thank you for letting us know. I can now resume booking BA flights with confidence ^
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Old Dec 16, 19, 10:45 am
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Such good news. I’m pleased for all those who rely on BA for work travel on a daily/weekly basis.

We leisure pax are obviously pleased too ... pre-booked/pre-paid holidays (at not inconsiderable cost) are no longer vulnerable.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK View Post
Thank goodness, and thank you for letting us know. I can now resume booking BA flights with confidence ^
Agree, now it is for BA to stick to its side of the bargain.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all flight deck and cabin crew - as well as all our FTers!!!
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Old Dec 17, 19, 1:50 pm
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Great news, Iím surprised this has got basically zero coverage!
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