Yep it’s that time of the year once again: British Airlines employees might go on strike and this time it’s the pilots who are currently voting on labor action and the signs aren’t positive.
It seems like there isn’t one quarter where there aren’t airline strikes of sorts somewhere in the world, especially Europe and BA’s record regarding strikes isn’t stellar!
This time it’s the pilots who want more pay and seem to be prepared to walk out during the middle of summer holidays.
As The Independent reported today that talks between their union and the company have broken down and pilots are currently casting ballots in favor or for a strike.
The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) says that conciliation talks with British Airways have broken down.
Pilots working for BA are being balloted by Balpa about a strike over pay. As the pilots vote, their union has been in talks with the airline at the conciliation service, Acas, for two days.
Balpa’s general secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “It is bitterly disappointing that despite two full days at Acas we are still no further forward. Balpa tabled options for resolution but BA was not prepared to negotiate so there was no progress at all and no point continuing.
British Airways says it is offering 11.5 per cent over three years, well above the rate of inflation, and that the number of job applications from pilots from other airlines – running at 1,000 per year – indicates how well its pilots are treated. …
All but around 500 of the airline’s 4,500 pilots belong to Balpa. The strike ballot closes on 22 July. If pilots vote in favour of industrial action, the earliest that a stoppage could begin is 5 August.
Considering the challenges that British Airways is going to face such as the IOC fines and a Brexit fallout I’m not sure this is the proper time to request higher wages. Especially as the pilots are already the top earners of the food chain. The IAG stock has also lost 30% over the last year.
If you don’t want your holidays to be ruined – especially when traveling with children – I’d look into avoiding British Airways this summer. If already booked, you’ll have to wait until BA officially cancels your flights unless they come out with a pro-active rebooking policy.