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British Airways Pilots Call Off Second September Strike

British Airways Pilots Call Off Second September Strike

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has called off the strike due next Friday, 27 September, saying that the first strikes, on 9 and 10 September, had “demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots” and it “was now time for a period of reflection before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the brand”. BALPA also said it hoped that British Airways would “negotiate seriously” with a view to ending the pay dispute.

The union has a mandate for strikes until January 2020, after more than 90% of its BA pilot members voted for industrial action in a ballot this summer.

British Airways, which cancelled about 1,700 services in the earlier strike action and has already rebooked or cancelled thousands of passengers’ flights for next week, said: “We are considering the implications and we will give updates in due course.”

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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