Why all the turbulence?
Published 04/06/2011 | 05:00
PILOTS claim there are too few pilots to run the airline and they are being asked to work up to six days with just a day's break as a result.
They say they used to get two days' break and claim the airline allowed too many pilots to depart under a voluntary redundancy programme in its cost-cutting Greenfield plan.
The airline says it suffered a pilot shortage because of an unexpected amount of departures from its UK bases. This was because of a upswing in job opportunities for pilots in the Middle East but it says it has hired in agency staff to replace them.
It is seeking to increase pilots' flying hours per year from 700 to up to 850, but it says that the current roster only requires around 700 hours and that pilots' resistance to the practicalities of new rosters is at the heart of the dispute.
The airline says these changes relate to how their leave is allocated and the amount of time that they get to see the roster in advance.