Here's some bad news for anyone booking a British Airways flight on September 9th, 10th or 27th.
BALPA, the British Airline Pilots Association, has set this data Friday for strikes as negotiations between the airline and the pilots. Union could not reach agreement in a wage dispute.
According to BALPA, this was the first time that British Airways pilots went on strike.
The pilots said British Airways did not accept any of the tariff packages they proposed, while the airline's latest offer "is far from the majority of pilots". The union said that 93 percent of its members voted in favor of the strike.
"British Airways is a hugely profitable and successful company, and pilots have been proud to do their part," BALPA said in a statement.
The airline said its offer to the pilots was "very fair" and above Britain's current inflation rate. Unions for other employees of British Airways such as engineers and flight attendants have accepted similar offers.
"It is totally unacceptable that BALPA is destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands of our customers with this unjustifiable strike action," said British Airways in a statement.
The company claimed to make changes to its schedule to reflect the strike. It is examining the possibility of complementing its fleet with aircraft and crew members of other airlines, but may need to rebook passengers on some flights that are canceled or offer refunds.
"We will do our utmost to achieve this. Take as many people as possible along the way," the airline said.
The airline had applied for a restraining order to prevent strikes at London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports. A court voted against the company last month.
The pilots estimate that one day of the strike will cost British Airways 40 million British pounds ̵
"In recent years, BA pilots have sacrificed victims to help the company, such as: For example, wage cuts and productivity increases, closing the final salary pension, waiving holidays, a new armament system and lowers the flight remuneration, "said the pilots.
They said the pro-strike vote was valid until January and more dates could be announced in the future.
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