British Airways pilots abandon planned strike in ‘responsible’ step to encourage new pay deal talks

British Airways pilots abandon planned strike in 'responsible' step to encourage new pay deal talks

British Airway pilots have declared they would take the “responsible” step of calling off a second strike – despite already bringing misery to thousands of passengers with a previous wave of action.
A strike was planned by the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) for September 27, as part of a long-running battle to secure new talks with the airline over pay. 
However, union officials have now announced they will be abandoning the plans as a “gesture of goodwill” which they hope will persuade BA bosses to meet them for talks.
Balpa’s general secretary suggested not pushing ahead with the strike was the “responsible course”, but warned more action would follow if negotiations were not restarted. 
His words may ring hollow for those whose travel plans were plunged into chaos when more than 1,700 flights were grounded at the start of the month by two days of industrial action. 
Around 195,000 passengers were believed to have been affected by the walkout and BA had already begun cancelling hundreds of flights in anticipation of the September 27 strike. 
BA has offered a pay rise of 11.5% over three years to pilots, which it says would boost the pay of some captains to £200,000, but Balpa says its members want a bigger share of the company’s profits.

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