The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) announced today it has called off the next strike scheduled for 27 September in the ongoing dispute between British Airways and its pilots.
Last week, British Airways pilots striked for the first time in the airline’s history, walking out for two days following failed negotiations between the airline and the pilots’ union over pay.
The strikes led to the cancellation of nearly 100% of BA flights, costing the airline an estimated £80m.
BALPA had scheduled a further strike for 27 September, though this has now been called off.
In a press release, the union said: “The strikes on 9th and 10th September had demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots. It was now time for a period of reflection before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the [British Airways] brand.”
BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, added: “Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA the pilots have decided to take the responsible course. In a genuine attempt at establishing a time out for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on the 27th September.
“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. I hope BA and its owner IAG show as much responsibility as the pilots.”
With the lifting of the threat of another strike, BALPA hopes that British Airways will change its approach and negotiate seriously with the union.
Should BA refuse meaningful new negotiations, BALPA notes that it retains the right to announce further strike dates.