9 SEPTEMBER 2019
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A two-day strike by British Airways pilots from midnight last night (Sunday) appeared to be set to go ahead after the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) failed in a call to the airline to agree to restart negotiations.
BALPA said it had put a new package offer to BA chief executive Alex Cruz in an attempt to solve the dispute. The airline said it remained “open to talks” but accused the union of acting in bad faith “by making an 11th-hour inflated proposal”.
Amid fears the row could now go on to impact Christmas travel, BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said: “Our members’ resolve is very strong and they remain very angry with BA, but they also want to leave no stone unturned in trying to find a resolution.”
He urged the airline to discuss the new proposal, which he said shows pilots are willing to be flexible. “Avoiding strike action and agreeing a deal with their pilots surely must be the desired outcome for British Airways,” he added.
In addition to the 9 and 10 September strike dates, BALPA has also given notice for a further 24hr stoppage on 27 September.
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