Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Pilot strike threat for Virgin Atlantic Airways

Virgin Atlantic Airways are potentially facing the first industrial action in its 27 year history. The airlines pilots are set to ballot in a dispute over pay and The British Airlines Pilots Association (Balpa) has said that if there is enough support for industrial action, the union will need to give the company seven days notice which could mean that the first strike dates would come in early July.

The dispute stems from a pay freeze for Virgin pilots from 2008 to help the airline get through the economic downturn.  The General Secretary of Balpa, Jim McAuslan has said “During the tough years pilots have made sacrifices to help the business on the basis that fair pay would return. But this hasn’t proved to be the case.”

Virgin Atlantic have offered pilots a 4% pay increase this year followed by a further 3% pay rise in 2012 and 2013.

The airlines pilots are paid between £58,000 and £110,000 dependent on experience.

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