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British Airways pilots vote strongly for strike action

Christian Fernsby |
BALPA’s industrial action ballot of members in British Airways has now closed, with a 93% vote in favour of industrial action on a 90% turnout.

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BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “This strong result demonstrates the resolve of BA pilots, and shows BA that it must table a sensible improved offer if a strike is to be averted. Sadly three days of ACAS talks have not moved the company’s position one iota. Settlement of this dispute is in BA’s hands.

“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.”

BALPA believes the cost to BA to settle dispute in full is significantly less than the cost would be of even a single day’s strike action.

British Airways has failed in its bid to obtain a high court injunction to prevent potential strike action by its pilots this summer. The judge presiding over the case determined that the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) union had issued its ballot correctly and therefore the ballot result could stand.

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