BALPA and British Airways are trading words as the strike nears

BALPA issued this statement:

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) says it could call off proposed strikes set for September 9-10 if British Airways agrees to come back to the negotiating table.

The pilots’ union has put forward a new proposal in a letter to BA CEO Alex Cruz in a bid to come to a deal with the company.

The strikes, voted in favour by 93% of BALPA’s BA members, could still go ahead if the airline continues to refuse meaningful discussions.

BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said:

“Our members’ resolve is very strong and they remain very angry with BA, but they also want to leave no stone unturned in trying to find a resolution to their dispute.

“Avoiding strike action and agreeing a deal with their pilots surely must be the desired outcome for British Airways.

“We urge BA to join us to discuss the new proposal – which shows pilots are willing to be flexible but still stand united in getting a better deal.”

British Airways stated:

We’re extremely sorry for the problems caused by the strike action called by the pilots’ union, BALPA on September 9, 10 and 27.

Our customer teams – supported by additional colleagues – have been working tirelessly to help as many of you as possible and to provide options, including a full refund or re-booking to a different date of travel or alternative airline.

We continue to be available for constructive talks with BALPA, on the basis that there are no pre-conditions to those talks.

If you have a flight booked with us on those dates, it is likely that you will not be able to travel as planned due to BALPA’s strike action. We are offering all affected customers full refunds or the option to re-book to another date of travel or alternative airline.

  • Flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR and Comair are not affected
  • We’re working with our partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft to take the maximum number of customers

We proposed an offer of 11.5 percent over three years to BALPA, a deal already accepted by members of the Unite and GMB unions, which represent 90 per cent of British Airways’ staff, a deal which we believe is fair.

We will keep this page updated with further information as it becomes available.

If you are traveling on or around September 9 and 10:

If you have a flight booked with us on or around those dates, it is likely that you will not be able to travel as planned.

We have emailed customers travelling on impacted flights, however please check your flight status in Manage My Booking.

If your flight is cancelled, please do not go to the airport, you can rebook to another date of travel or airline, or refund your cancelled flight online. To review your options, go to Manage My Booking.

If you are traveling on or around September 27:

If you are travelling on or around 27 September, we’ll be in contact in the next few weeks if your flight is impacted. Please ensure your contact details are up to date in Manage My Booking.

We’re very sorry about the impact BALPA’s action has had. We don’t underestimate the inconvenience caused, for which we are deeply sorry.

And this previously:

It is completely unacceptable that BALPA is destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands of our customers with this unjustifiable strike action.

BALPA has given us notice that they will strike on September 9th, 10th and 27th. We are extremely sorry that after many months of negotiations, based on a very fair offer, BALPA has decided on this reckless course of action.

We are now making changes to our schedule.  We will do everything we can to get as many people away on their journeys as possible. However, it is likely that many of our customers will not be able to travel and we will be offering refunds and re-bookings for passengers booked on cancelled flights.

  • Flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR and Comair are not affected
  • We are exploring options to supplement our fleet by using aircraft and crew from other airlines (wet-leasing)
  • We are working with our partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft to take the maximum number of customers

Our proposed deal of 11.5 percent over three years is very fair and well above the UK’s current rate of inflation, and by contrast to BALPA, has been accepted by the members of the Unite and GMB trade unions, which represent nearly 90 per cent of all British Airways colleagues including engineers, cabin crew and ground staff. In addition to basic pay, pilots also receive annual pay increments and regular flying allowances.

We continue to pursue every avenue to find a solution to avoid industrial action and protect our customers’ travel plans.