British Airways pilots call off next week’s strike action

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) yesterday called off a strike – over pay and conditions – scheduled for September 27.

BALPA said strikes that took place on September 9 and 10 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 brand,” BALPA added.

BALPA general secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “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 September 27.”

However, the union warned that should the IAG-owned airline refuse “meaningful new negotiations” it would pursue further industrial action.

The strikes that took place earlier this month had brought cargo activities on British Airways aircraft to a standstill.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]