The pilots of the British airline British Airways (BA) will go on strike next September 9, 10 and 27 to claim salary improvements, the Balpa union reported Friday.
The organization said that during the negotiations with the company, through the Acas arbitration service, various measures were presented that "would have resolved this conflict without a strike." But the British pilots union regrets that BA "did not accept any", so that in a vote 93% of the participants were in favor of the strikes. "With no prospect of more significant contacts, we have no choice but to convene these actions," Balpa said in a statement.
For its part, the airline said it has proposed a salary increase of 11.5% in three years, which it considers "very fair and well above the current inflation in the United Kingdom." One offer, says the company, which has been accepted by other unions, such as Unite and GMB, which represent about 90% of the workforce, including engineers, cabin attendants and ground staff.
"We continue to consider all the possibilities to find a solution, avoid a strike and protect our clients' travel plans," BA added.
Balpa argues that a day of strike "will cost BA around 40 million pounds (44 million euros)" and that the three days will have a total cost of "about 120 million pounds" (132 million euros). "In recent years, BA pilots have made sacrifice after sacrifice to help the company, both in salary cuts and in productivity increases," says the union. . (tagsToTranslate) strike (t) pilots