Holiday disruption as BA pilots vote to strike

Holiday disruption as BA pilots vote to strike - Expert with Points

Holiday makers can expect a summer of disruption; following four weeks of voting, British Airways pilots have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action this summer, saying that the airline had refused to change its position despite three days of intense negotiations.

Centred around a pay dispute, ninety-three per cent of the 4,000 BA pilots who are members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) backed industrial action on a turnout of 90 per cent.

Since the union advised members not to vote in favour of industrial action unless they were committed to walking out, it must be assumed that 3,720 pilots (75% of all BA pilots) are willing to strike. BALPA said:

“This strong result demonstrates the resolve of BA pilots, and shows BA that it must table a sensible improved offer if a strike is to be averted. Sadly three days of ACAS talks have not moved the company’s position one iota. Settlement of this dispute is in BA’s hands.

“We do not wish to inconvenience our customers which is why we have tried to resolve this matter through negotiation starting last November – it is BA who has regrettably chosen to drag this out into the summer months.”

“We currently do not have dates for any potential strike action and will issue an update on this in due course. We remain hopeful that this dispute can be resolved before strike action, but we remain committed to action if necessary.”

British Airways has responded by seeking a High Court injunction against any strike action, based on potential weaknesses in the balloting process. However, BA has now lost its legal attempt to block the planned strikes.

The union must give British Airways two weeks notice before commencing any action, which puts Wednesday the 7th August as the first possible day of disruption.

Given the time of year, it is unclear what will happen if the strike action is to go ahead; it is unlikely that other airlines will have the capacity to accommodate the number of passengers that will be affected. It is more likely that passengers booked onto affected services will receive an email notifying them that their flight is cancelled and offering a refund.

You should read the terms of your travel insurance carefully, especially if you have pre-paid accommodation or car hire. A Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ruling last year against Ryanair, means that EU261 compensation should be payable on top of your refund.

In terms of Executive Club credit, British Airways policy during previous industrial action is that you will receive Avios and tier points for your flight, even if it is cancelled and you choose not to travel or are re-routed on a non-oneworld carrier.

Separately, the Heathrow Unite workers’ are also striking with their strikes scheduled for Friday and Saturday, and August 5th, 6th, 23th and 24th.

Ross Slater

Dr Ross Slater

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