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Sunday 22 September 2019

British Airways pilots to strike for three days in September, company describes action as 'unjustifiable'

Travel chaos looms for British Airways passengers (Steve Parsons/PA)
Travel chaos looms for British Airways passengers (Steve Parsons/PA)

Alan Jones

British Airways pilots are to stage a series of strikes next month in a dispute over pay.

The British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) said its members will walk out on September 9, 10 and 27.

The union said it put forward a number of packages during several days of talks at the conciliation service Acas that it believed would have resolved the dispute without a strike.

A statement said: "BA did not accept any of these packages, and it is clear following discussions with members over the last few days that BA's most recent offer will not gain the support of anywhere near a majority of its pilots."

BA said: "It is completely unacceptable that Balpa is destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands of our customers with this unjustifiable strike action."

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