BA pilots vote overwhelmingly for strike action

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British Airways pilots have overwhelmingly voted in support of industrial strike action, a ballot by the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has revealed.

The union, which represents pilots in the UK, announced the results on Monday afternoon, with a 93% vote in favour of industrial action on a 90% turnout.

The dispute at British Airways relates to pay, profit sharing, and a so-called share save programme, according to the union.

In a statement, BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said:

“This strong result demonstrates the resolve of BA pilots and shows BA that it must table a sensible improved offer if a strike is to be averted. Sadly three days of ACAS talks have not moved the company’s position one iota. Settlement of this dispute is in BA’s hands.

“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.”

BALPA believes the cost to British Airways to settle the dispute in full is significantly less than the cost would be of even a single day’s strike action.

On Tuesday (23rd July), British Airways will go to the UK High Court to seek an injunction against the union.

No dates are currently planned for potential strike action, though BALPA expects to issue an update in due course.