British Airways pilots are due to go on strike following a dispute over pay with the airline.

Union British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) is behind the industrial action, which comes after weeks of negotiations with the airline.

The union is planning strike action on the 9th, 10th and 27th September 2019.

BALPA had previously held a strike ballot which saw saw a 93 per cent vote in favour of industrial action on a 90 per cent turnout.

British Airways tried to seek a High Court injunction to prevent strike action but the court ruled in favour of the union - the airline also lost a subsequent appeal of the decision .

The airline and union had since been engaging in a series of negotiations which have lasted for weeks.

The strikes will no doubt come as a blow to passengers with flights booked over the coming weeks, during the peak travel season.

The airline has set up a dedicated page for customers with its latest updates regarding any potential industrial action.

 

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BALPA joined forces with unions Unite and GMB in November 2018 to submit a joint pay claim to British Airways, and had been engaging in negotations.

It's worth noting that the strikes are BALPA members only - it does not include Unite and GMB members.

British Airways offered a pay increase in may of 11.5 per cent over three years, but this offer has been rejected by BALPA, although the airline says that it was accepted by Unite and GMB.

The union previously held a consultative ballot amongst its members, in which it says 96 per cent voted against the proposal and called for a strike ballot.

We've also got a fuller explanation of the pilots' decision to consider strikes .

British Airways statement on strikes

"It is completely unacceptable that BALPA is destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands of our customers with this unjustifiable strike action.

"BALPA has given us notice that they will strike on September 9th, 10th and 27th. We are extremely sorry that after many months of negotiations, based on a very fair offer, BALPA has decided on this reckless course of action.

"We are now making changes to our schedule.  We will do everything we can to get as many people away on their journeys as possible. However, it is likely that many of our customers will not be able to travel and we will be offering refunds and re-bookings for passengers booked on cancelled flights.

·         Flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR and Comair are not affected

·         We are exploring options to supplement our fleet by using aircraft and crew from other airlines (wet-leasing)

·         We are working with our partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft to take the maximum number of customers

"Our proposed deal of 11.5 per cent over three years is very fair and well above the UK's current rate of inflation, and by contrast to BALPA, has been accepted by the members of the Unite and GMB trade unions, which represent nearly 90 per cent of all British Airways colleagues including engineers, cabin crew and ground staff. In addition to basic pay, pilots also receive annual pay increments and regular flying allowances.

"We continue to pursue every avenue to find a solution to avoid industrial action and protect our customers' travel plans."