British Airways to join strike chaos

Strikes planned for September 9 and 10, a further one is planned for September 27

BRITISH Airways faces its biggest ever strike next week. According to the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa), the strikes were going to cost the airline more than the pay rise in dispute, some £40 million.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) said it had written to BA offering to call off the strike if the airline agreed to new talks over pay.

BA said it was open to “constructive” talks but doubted Balpa was acting in good faith.

The most recent pay offer was an 11.5 per cent rise over three years.

Unite and GMB, representing cabin crew and engineers, have accepted the offer.

Pilots however, have argued that the pay award should be higher, reporting past years of low increases and the company’s strong recent financial position.

As well as the strikes on September 9 and 10, a further one is planned for September 27.

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