Pilots of British Airways have voted in favor of strike action in a conflict overpay, threatening a walkout over the key summer holiday period. About 93% of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) members had voted in favor of industrial action, the authority claimed.
The British Airways said it was “very disappointed” with the decision and it is seeking a direction to halt possible strikes. The union said that it did not yet have decided any dates for a potential strike. It is expecting that the dispute could be resolved.
However, the BA remarked that it remained open to working with the union to reach an agreement and continued to “pursue every avenue to find a solution to protect our customers’ travel plans and avoid industrial action”. The airline authority had announced to increase the payment worth 11.5 % over three years and called it “fair and generous” which was rejected by the pilots.
However, it has been claimed by Balpa that its members deserve a better as BA has been making healthy profits. The move comes three days after a negotiation between the airline and the pilots. Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said, “We do not wish to inconvenience our customers, which is why we have tried to resolve this matter through negotiation starting last November. It is BA who has regrettably chosen to drag this out into the summer months.”
“We currently do not have dates for any potential strike action and will issue an update on this in due course. We remain hopeful that this dispute can be resolved before strike action, but we remain committed to action if necessary,” remarked Mr. Strutton.