23 SEPTEMBER 2019
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The latest strike by British Airways pilots due to start next Friday, 27 September, was called off unexpectedly by BALPA last week in what the union said was “an attempt at establishing a time-out for common sense to prevail”.
The airline said it would operate more than half its normal schedule, more than 400 flights, next Friday, telling passengers they could now rebook on to a BA flight operating between 26-28 September, subject to availability.
The airline added it had not been notified of any further disruption by BALPA pilots but unions by law had to give 14 days’ notice of any industrial action, so it would always have some notice to contact customers.
BALPA said it had called off the latest walkout after the two previous strike days “demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots”. The union said it was time for reflection “before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the (BA) brand”.
General secretary Brian Strutton added: “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.”
However: “Should BA refuse meaningful new negotiations, BALPA retains the right to announce further strike dates.”
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