British Airways (BA) pilots have called a strike for the next 9, 10 and 27 September, according to the British Airlines Pilots Association (Balpa) in a statement.
Specifically, the organization has indicated that, after several days of negotiations with the British conciliation service ACAS, British Airways (BA) did not accept any of the packages that would have prevented a strike. Likewise, the pilots association has regretted that BA has not accepted any of the proposals.
This fact is what has encouraged that 93% of the participants in a vote have shown themselves to be unemployed. «Without prospects for new, more meaningful conversations, we have no choice but to call this action,» the statement said.
He also reminded the company that a day of strike by its pilots will cost about 40 million pounds (44 million euros) and that three days will amount to 120 million pounds (132.1 million euros), while the The gap between BA and Balpa’s position is barely around 5 million pounds (5.5 million euros).
Our proposal remains on the table if BA wants to reach an agreement before the strike, «said the association, which highlights that BA is an» extremely profitable and successful «company and recalls the» sacrifices «made by the pilots in recent years to support the company.
For its part, British Airways has said that it is «completely unacceptable» that Balpa is destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands of customers of the company with an «unjustifiable strike action.»
Thus, he pointed out that the company regrets that, after several months of negotiations, based on a «very fair» offer, Balpa has opted for this action.
In addition, he stressed that his proposed salary increase of 11.5% over the next few years is «very fair» and is above the current inflation rate in the United Kingdom.
Along these lines, he pointed out that, in contrast to Balpa, this proposal has been supported by Unite and GMB unions, which represent almost 90% of the workforce, including engineers, cabin crew and ground personnel.
He also recalled in a statement that, in addition to the basic payment, pilots receive annual payment increases and regular flight assignments.
The company has stressed that it continues to consider all the possibilities to find a solution, avoid a strike and protect the travel plans of its customers.