Holidaymakers face huge queues at Manchester and Bristol airports as BA pilots threaten strike action | The SunJuly 26, 2022
HUNDREDS of travellers faced lengthy queues at Manchester and Bristol airports yesterday.
And more misery is likely as British Airways pilots strike over pay.
BA pilots threatened strike action last night after bosses rejected demands for a new pay deal.
Industrial action could heap more misery on hard-pressed holidaymakers already facing airport delays and cancellations.
BA pilots agreed to temporary pay cuts in 2020 to avoid mass redundancies during the Covid pandemic, but no end date was agreed.
Now pilots’ union Balpa is demanding pay rises for its members as BA returns to profitability, saying the airline “seems to ignore you until you issue a [strike] ballot”.
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Martin Chalk, Balpa general secretary, said: “We are in talks with British Airways and wish to persuade them that continuing deductions from our members’ pay is unwarranted.
"We should actually be talking about pay increases given the inflationary scenario.
“Unless BA is prepared to walk with us down that road then we will have to consult with members to consider our next actions.”
Airport ground crew halted planned strikes last week after winning an eight per cent pay rise, while plane refuelling staff have been offered a 10 per cent wage increase.
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