British Airways pilots began a two-day strike on Monday, grounding nearly all of its flights and disrupting thousands of passengers in a dispute over how much pay they receive. Tens of thousands of passengers have been told not to go to airports, with the airline canceling some 1,700 flights due to the disruption.
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British Airways canceling flights
The first stage of the British Airways pilot strike will take place this week on Monday and Tuesday, September 9 and 10, 2019. There is an additional strike date of September 27. The majority of flights for these two dates are canceled. The strike has led to cancellations of more than 50 flights on Sunday too. There will be effects for flights after the strike when crews and planes are out of their rotations.
They made a page dedicated to the strike that is regularly updated. Here is what they had to say:
“We understand the frustration and disruption of BALPA’s strike action have caused you. 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 percent of our flights.
We remain ready and willing to return to talks with BALPA.”
You can find their page here.
Why are the pilots striking?
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. British Airways pilots have been balloting over whether or not go on strike. With the balloting having closed, British Airways pilots have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action. The overwhelming majority of 93% voted in favor of industrial action, based on a 90% turnout.
“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