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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

High Court rejects British Airways bid to block pilot strikes over pay dispute

High Court rejects British Airways bid to block pilot strikes over pay dispute BA had applied for an interim injunction to prevent strike action by pilots based at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

CityAM - British Airways today began talks with pilots in an attempt to stop them striking over the summer . Around 90 per cent of the airline ’s pilots are Balpa members, meaning a strike could cause severe disruption during the busy summer month .

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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British Airways seeking court injunction to halt strike action by pilots The campaign of action could cause chaos to summer flights. Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said: “This strong result demonstrates the resolve of BA pilots, and shows BA that it must table a sensible improved offer if a strike is to be averted. Our full statement is available at https://t.co/XxUEM2zIPA (6/6)— BALPA (@BALPApilots) July 22, 2019 “Sadly three days of Acas talks have not moved the company’s position one iota. Settlement of this dispute is in BA’s hands.

British Airways Pilots ' Two-Day Strike Grounds Nearly All Flights. The disruption hit hardest in London, where BA operates from its twin hubs at Heathrow and Read more: British Airways , Union Extend Talks to Avert Pilot Strike British Airways Profits Show Threat From Looming Strike to IAG.

The first-ever strike by British Airways pilots started at midnight on Sunday night, leading to the cancellation of hundreds of flights and travel disruption for It is expected that the problems will continue after the strike , because planes and pilots will need to be in position for subsequent journeys.

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

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.

MSN are empowering Women In Sport this summer. Find out more about our campaign and the charity fighting to promote the transformational and lifelong rewards of exercise for women and girls in the UK here.

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