Virgin Atlantic pilots threaten summer strike
May 17th, 2011 by elisa

Just as British Airways averts strike action and manages to settle its differences with cabin crew, Virgin Atlantic pilots are threatening to strike over summer.

Talks over pay between the British Airline Pilots Association and the airline broke down recently, prompting the union to announce that it will begin balloting members next week. The results will be announced on 21st June with strikes possible seven days later.

BALPA claims that the pilots have not received a pay rise since 2008 and the latest offer of 4% this year and 3% in 2012 and 2013 will not keep pace with inflation.

BALPA general secretary Jim McAuslan said: “With inflation running at 5% and likely to remain high, pilots would, if they accepted these increases, be in effect voting themselves years of wage cuts.

“We do not want a dispute but to date there has been no meaningful movement by the company and even the involvement of ACAS (the conciliation service) has not broken the logjam.”

The airline claimed the offer was “fair, affordable and sustainable” and in line with the rest of the industry.

If the latest threatened strike goes ahead, it will be the first in the airline’s history.


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