British Airways pilots have called off their next strike that was scheduled for September 27, 2019. It is unclear if this is an indication that the pilot union and BA would be closer to reach an agreement that would prevent further disruptions.
Pilots were striking for two days earlier this month that effectively grounded all but handful of BA flights ex-Heathrow and Gatwick. Roughly 1,700 flights were canceled.
Here’s the update from BALPA:
The British Airline Pilots Association has today called off the next strike scheduled for 27th September in the dispute between British Airways and its pilots.
BALPA 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 brand.
BALPA hopes BA will now change its approach and negotiate seriously with a view to ending this dispute.
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 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.”
Should BA refuse meaningful new negotiations, BALPA retains the right to announce further strike dates.
Let’s hope that the parties can reach an agreement that is acceptable for both so that further strikes can be averted.