British Airways’ pilots to strike in September as pay talks break down

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) union has announced that as a result of long-running negotiations with British Airways (BA) failing to reach a settlement, pilots will be going on strike for three days in September on the 9th, 10th and 27th of the month. The union has rejected BA’s offer of 11.5 percent spread over three years, which the airline was keen to point out had been accepted by other employees. 93% of pilots had voted in favour of industrial action which will cost BA approximately £40 million (US$49 million) per day. BALPA made it clear that pilots had made previous sacrifices to assist the company, including cuts to salary, pension and leave. And with BA now recording profits of £2 billion (US$2.46 billion) a year, the strike was “a last resort and with enormous frustration at the way the business is now being run.”

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