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MoneyBritish Airways looks to avert disruption of pilot strikes during busy summer months

22:26  09 july  2019
22:26  09 july  2019 Source:   cityam.com

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British Airways will begin talks with its pilots on Monday to avert a potentially damaging summer strike . Pilots have rejected a pay increase worth 11.5 It would be likely to cause severe disruption as Balpa represents around 90% of the airline 's pilots and the strike would hit at one of the busiest

British Airways will begin talks with its pilots on Monday to avert a potentially damaging summer strike . Pilots have rejected a pay increase worth 11.5 It would be likely to cause severe disruption as Balpa represents around 90% of the airline 's pilots and the strike would hit at one of the busiest

British Airways looks to avert disruption of pilot strikes during busy summer months © Getty

British Airways today began talks with pilots in an attempt to stop them striking over the summer.

Pilots met company representatives at the conciliation service Acas after rejecting a pay increase of 11.5 per cent over three years. The airline has said the pay rise is “fair and generous”.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) has said BA’s recent profits mean its members deserve a better offer.

A ballot gives pilots until 22 July to vote on whether to strike or not. If Balpa calls a strike, it could begin industrial action as soon as 5 August.

Around 90 per cent of the airline’s pilots are Balpa members, meaning a strike could cause severe disruption during the busy summer month.

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BRITS could face travel chaos this summer if flying with British Airways or easyJet as staff working both airlines are voting on strike action. BA pilots and easyJet check-in staff at Stansted have warned that the strikes could cause disruption this summer for passengers if they go ahead.

British Airways is entering conciliation talks with pilots in a bid to head off a walkout over pay at the height of the summer travel season. The talks, which will focus on share awards and profit-sharing terms, come ahead of a July 22 deadline for pilots to vote in a strike ballot.

BA said: “We urge Balpa to come to an agreement to protect hard-working families planning their summer breaks.”

The company is part of International Airlines Group (IAG)), which last year reported pre-tax profits of €3bn, a 9.8 per cent annual rise. British Airways contributed £1.97bn of the figure, representing an 8.7 per cent annual rise.

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Separately, BA is gearing up to face a record £183m fine by authorities after a data breach caused it to lose more than 400,000 customers’ information.

IAG announced this morning it would make “any necessary appeals” in response to the penalty.

The figure is equivalent to 1.5 per cent of the firm’s turnover in 2017. It dwarfs the previous highest fine of £500,000 handed to Facebook for breaches of data protection law last year.

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