The British Airline Pilots Association has today called off the next strike scheduled for 27th September in the dispute between British Airways and its pilots.
BALPA said the strikes on 9th and 10th September had demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots. It was now time for a period of reflection before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the brand.
BALPA hopes British Airways will now change its approach and negotiate seriously with a view to ending this dispute.
BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said:
“Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from British Airways, the pilots have decided to take the responsible course. In a genuine attempt at establishing a time out for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on the 27th September.
“British Airways passengers rightly expect the airline and its pilots to resolve their issues without disruption and now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism to be brought to bear. I hope British Airways and its owner IAG show as much responsibility as the pilots.”
The union said that should British Airways refuse meaningful new negotiations, BALPA retains the right to announce further strike dates.