Pilots at British Airways have canceled next week’s planned strike action as they called on the airline to restart talks. The British Airline Pilots Association, which represents the majority of British Airways pilots, on Wednesday, said it had decided to take the responsible course before the dispute escalated further and more damage was done to the brand.
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British Airways Pilots two-day strike
The first stage of the British Airways pilot strike took place on Monday and Tuesday, September 9 and 10, 2019. There was an additional strike date set for September 27, which is now canceled. The majority of flights for these two dates were canceled. British Airways is experiencing record profitability at the moment, and the pilots want their share of the profit. Management has offered an 11.5% pay increase over three years, though pilots want more.
“We do not wish to inconvenience our customers which is why we have tried to resolve this matter through negotiation starting last November – it is BA who has regrettably chosen to drag this out into the summer months.” Brian Strutton, General Secretary of BALPA had to say in his statement
British Airways Pilots lost benefits
One of the best perks of working in the airline industry is free or discounted flights. These benefits are offered at the discretion of the airline, and British Airways decided to stop giving them. Many pilots use these benefits as they have to commute to work so this will probably be a big financial hit for them.
The strike scheduled for the 27th canceled
British Airways pilots have called off a planned strike on the 27th of September. However, the airline has already made flight cancellations. Most passengers on affected flights have already accepted refunds, or have been rebooked. The airline could reinstate the flights, however, this will mean they potentially have a low turnout.
“In a genuine attempt at establishing a timeout for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on the 27 September,” said Brian Strutton, general secretary of BALPA.
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