Pilots Urged Not To ‘Spoil’ Family Holidays

British Airways is urging pilots not to disrupt families' summer holidays after their union BALPA gave formal notice that it is to ballot its members over strike action

The airline asked BALPA to join them for mediation talks with the conciliation service ACAS after the union rejected a pay offer that would have given pilots a rise of 11.5% over three years.

In a statement, BA said it was ‘extremely disappointed’ BALPA had raised the prospect of a ballot for industrial action.

It added: “We urge them to join us for mediation with the conciliation service ACAS, to reach an agreement and protect hard-working families planning their summer breaks

“We believe our pay and benefits for pilots are among the best in the industry, with around 1,000 applications from pilots who want to move to us from other airlines every year.”

BALPA, which took the unprecedented step of entering into joint pay talks with both cabin crew and airport and head office staff last December, said BA had offered ‘too little, too late’.

BA said it remains in talks with Unite, which represents cabin crew, and GMB, which represents head office and airport workers.