Tuesday 10 September 2019 5:23 pm

British Airways pilots threaten further strikes unless stalemate is broken

British Airways pilots are threatening further strike action if the current pay row with the airline is not resolved.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) union has called on BA to engage in further talks to avert the planned strike on 27 September.

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“Should British Airways refuse meaningful negotiations, further strike dates will be considered by the Balpa national executive team,” the union warned.

Today marked the second day of strike action by BA pilots, who walked out in a dispute over pay and working conditions. The airline was forced to cancel nearly all its flights and warned customers not to travel to the airport.

The strikes have not affected BA CityFlyer, which flies out of London City Airport.

Balpa general secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “Surely any reasonable employer would listen to such a clear message, stop threatening and bullying, and start working towards finding a solution.”

Pilots have rejected an 11.5 per cent pay rise over the next three years, which they claim is not in line with the airline’s £2bn profits.

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BA has said the pay proposal is “generous” and has been accepted by the Unite and GMB unions which represent 90 per cent of its staff.

BA has been approached for comment.