British Airways pilots are presently having a pay dispute with administration. Pilots voted overwhelmingly for industrial motion, and this was alleged to result in three strike days.
British Airways pilots went on strike on 9th and 10th September, and on September 27 they were supposed to go on strike. A couple of days in the past British Airways cancelled all their flights for September 27, as a result of cancelling not less than two weeks in advance meant they wouldn’t need to pay EU261 compensation to passengers for the cancelations.
BALPA explains that the September 9 & 10 strike “demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots,” and that it’s “now time for an interval of reflection earlier than the dispute escalates additional and irreparable harm is completed to the brand.”
The union hopes that the administration will now change their method and negotiate severely with a view of ending the dispute.
The union notes that they preserve the correct to announce additional strike dates if the administration refuses to barter meaningfully.
A further day of strikes is unlikely to result in administration coming round and all of a sudden being extra open to negotiations.
With that in thoughts, the union is carrying out two issues with this.
To begin with, they’re making themselves seem like the larger occasion right here, and like they’re looking for the general public curiosity all whereas administration couldn’t care much less.
Past that, arguably they’re doing as a lot of monetary harm to British Airways as they might if they really went on strike. Clearly, British Airways loses some huge cash on strike days, given all their lost income. At the same time, at least they don’t have the price of really working for flights.
At this level, British Airways has already cancelled flights, and presumably, tens of thousands of individuals have either cancelled their itineraries or have been rebooked on different airways. So now British Airways is in a sticky situation. In the event that they function their schedule, as common, it’s possible that flights can be largely empty.
So the company will be down quite a lot of revenue, all whereas having considerably greater working prices than if it has been only a common strike date. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see to what extent British Airways restores its schedule for September 27.