The British Airways Pilots have called off their strike that was planned on September 27, 2019.The strike was called off after the union said that action that was taken earlier this month had demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots. A statement was released by the British Airline Pilots Association on September 18, 2019.
The association in the statement said, “It was now time for a period of reflection before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the brand”. The airline was forced to cancel virtually all flights for about two days in early September after the union had called a strike after a heated argument over pay. About 2,00,000 passengers were due to travel over those two days.
The pilots are not happy with the offer to increase 11.5 percent increase over three years and want a greater share as the airline has been posting great profits in recent times. The British Airways had posted an operating profit of about £2 billion for 2018 which is an 11.6 percent increase over the previous year. Brian Strutt, the union’s general secretary, in a statement on September 18, 2019 said, “BA passengers rightly expect BA and its pilots to resolve their issues without disruption and now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism to be brought to bear”.
The union has said that it has retained the rights to announce further strike dates if British Airways refuse meaningful new negotiations. The strike that was carried out earlier this month was the first by pilots in the history of the airline. The British Airways in a statement said, “We have just received this news. We are considering the implications and we will give updates in due course.” The airways is owned by International Consolidated Airlines Group. It is the flag carrier of the United Kingdom and has its headquarters at Waterside, Harmondsworth.
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