Jul 31, 2019

British Airways loses appeal to block planned pilot strikes

Holidaymakers travelling with British Airways are set to face disruption this summer as the airline failed in the Court of Appeal to block pilots from taking strike action in a dispute over pay. Members of the British Airline Pilots' Association, Balpa, last week voted nine to one in favour of strikes over a pay dispute, based on a 90 per cent turnout. Brian Strutton, Balpa's general secretary, said the Court of Appeal rightly dismissed BA's attempt to injunct industrial action and that trying to "Defeat the democratic view of their pilots in court" rather than negotiate, has wasted time and money that could have been put into finding a peaceful resolution. British Airways said it was disappointed that Balpa had chosen to threaten the holidays of thousands of customers with industrial action and apologised for the disruption it will cause. BA believes its pay offer of 11.5 per cent over three years was fair and highlighted that the Unite and GMB trade unions, which represent nearly 90 per cent of all BA workers, had recommended the same pay offer to their members.

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