September 27, 2019 Strike by British Airways Pilots Canceled

After the British Airline Pilots’ Association — which is also known as BALPA — revealed via an official announcement the results of a ballot on which the vote ended on Monday, July 22, 2019 with 93 percent of the turnout of 90 percent of pilots who voted are in favor of industrial action, pilots of British Airways who are based at both London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport went on strike and caused havoc with the travel schedules of thousands of passengers on Monday, September 9, 2019 and Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September 27, 2019 Strike by British Airways Pilots Canceled

…but the strike that was scheduled for Friday, September 27, 2019 has been canceled, according to this official announcement from the British Airline Pilots Association:

The British Airline Pilots Association has today called off the next strike scheduled for 27th September in the dispute between British Airways and its pilots.

BALPA said the strikes on 9th and 10th September had demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots. It was now time for a period of reflection before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the brand.

BALPA hopes BA will now change its approach and negotiate seriously with a view to ending this dispute.

BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said:

“Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA the pilots have decided to take the responsible course. In a genuine attempt at establishing a time out for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on the 27th September.

“BA passengers rightly expect BA and its pilots to resolve their issues without disruption and now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism to be brought to bear. I hope BA and its owner IAG show as much responsibility as the pilots.”

Should BA refuse meaningful new negotiations, BALPA retains the right to announce further strike dates.

Management at British Airways reportedly offered the pilots a pay increase of 11.5 percent over three years.

Summary

Unfortunately, the last line “Should BA refuse meaningful new negotiations, BALPA retains the right to announce further strike dates” does not preclude further dates for strikes by the pilots of British Airways to be scheduled; and this news is of little consolation to passengers who were already adversely affected by the aforementioned other two days on which strikes have already occurred — but at least no definitive date for another strike has been set for the foreseeable future…

…and hopefully the differences between both sides will be resolved before the possibility of that happens…

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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