British Airways Unable to Block Strike Vote By Pilots

Wed, 24th Jul 2019

British Airways has failed to acquire a temporary injunction which it had hoped would have stopped strikes by pilots over the summer.

The airline had hoped to prevent pilots from voting on strikes that may cost £30million to £40 million a day over the peak summer period. The High Court, however, has denied BA’s legal challenge, meaning that the airline is now faced with the prospect of walkouts after talks with pilots over the issue of pay have broken down.

The Balpa Union is expected to announce a number of strike dates which will affect services from Gatwick and Heathrow. The union has agreed to hold off until BA has either conceded defeat or concluded any appeal processes. Union members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strikes, but they are hopeful that there will be some new talks that will resolve the dispute before any strikes are required to take place.

The union has rejected an offer of an 11.5 percent pay increase over three years, an offer that has been recommended by other unions that represent BA staff. Pilots are asking for a profit share and a share save scheme.

BA argues that the ballot was flawed, and that the plans were designed to cause maximum financial loss and disruption, as well as hardship for passengers of the airline. Balpa argues that 93 percent of their members feel strongly about taking strike action, and that BA admits that even one day of striking would cost more than what the pilots are asking for.

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