BORIS Johnson urged British Airways and a pilots’ union to “sort out” their differences yesterday to avert travel misery.
The PM’s spokesman called on bosses and the British Airline Pilots Association to “get round the table” and call off planned strikes over pay.
British Airways pilots’ have planned strikes throughout September over a wage dispute[/caption]
Most flights next Monday and Tuesday have been axed, hitting 300,000 travellers.
The 3,000 Balpa members at BA plan another strike on September 27.
Balpa also wants to know when BA will publicly mark its 100th year anniversary so they can also target those dates for walkouts, The Sun understands.
Balpa has rejected an 11.5 per cent pay rise over three years plus a one-off payment that would take pilots’ average pay — now £167,000 — above £200,000.
The deal was accepted by staff in Unite and the GMB. Balpa last night said the strikes could be shelved if BA agrees to fresh talks.
A BA insider said the airline was unlikely to accept the offer as it had lost millions wiping its schedule.
- UNITE staff at Heathrow are to ballot for industrial action after rejecting a pay deal. It could lead to strikes at half-term and Christmas.
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