BRITISH Airways pilots will strike for three days in September – but why are the pilots striking, and will BA flights be cancelled?
Read on to find out all we know about the upcoming BA pilot strikes…
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When are the strikes?
Pilots will take industrial action on September 9, 10 and 27 in a move that BA said was likely to disrupt the plans of “tens of thousands” of passengers.
The strikes are likely to cost British Airways about £40million a day according to reports, and they are taking place in the airline’s 100th year of operation.
BA’s chief executive, Alex Cruz, said he was “sad and disappointed” by what he called a totally unnecessary strike.
He said: “The blame lies squarely at the door of the pilots’ union, Balpa. I personally believe BA pilots are the best in the world … But I think they have been very badly served by the union.”
Are flights cancelled?
More than 1,500 flights have been cancelled, which will affect more than 280,000 people.
The strike is set to continue on Tuesday, costing BA £80million in lost revenue.
BA have said they will contact passengers with affected flights, but the strike is expected to ground thousands of holidaymaker’s journeys to a halt.
The strikes take place during one of the busiest holiday times of the year.
BA have said the move was likely to disrupt the plans of “tens of thousands” of passengers.
Why are pilots striking?
The pilots will go on strike following a failure to settle a pay dispute.
The union representing the pilots, Balpa, rejected British Airways attempt to settle the feud – 11.5 per cent pay rise and one-off lump sum offer.
Balpa said pilots had made previous sacrifices to assist the company including cuts to salary, pension and leave, but the airline was now recording profits of £2bn a year and the strike was “a last resort and with enormous frustration at the way the business is now being run”.
However, The Sun revealed BA’s pilots are less worried about the pay deal than the pending loss of a secret bonus scheme they have enjoyed for nine years.
According to BA’s chief executive, Alex Cruz, a BA captain earns an average of £167,000 and, with allowances and bonuses, would pass £200,000 per year.
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