For those of you re-planning your travels due to the upcoming British Airways strike action – there’s good news as BALPA (the union that represents the British Airways pilots) have decided to call off their pending action on the 27th September.
The union says the strikes 9th and 10th September had demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots. According to the union, it’s now time for a period of reflection before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done.
BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said:
“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. In a genuine attempt at establishing a time out for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on the 27th September.
“BA passengers rightly expect BA and its pilots to resolve their issues without disruption and now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism to be brought to bear. I hope BA and its owner IAG show as much responsibility as the pilots.”
Suspended – but this isn’t over
Whilst this is good news in the short term, BALPA is hoping this action will push British Airways into action in an attempt to resolve the dispute.
However, BALPA Leave the last line of the release as a warning to the airline
Should BA refuse meaningful new negotiations, BALPA retains the right to announce further strike dates.
This isn’t over – and will need both British Airways and BALPA to come together to find a solution – otherwise, we could be back at square one rather quickly.
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