BA pilots call off strike after public backlash

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British Airways pilots have called off a strike planned for September 27  after they were heavily criticised on social media earlier this month when their 48-hour walkout forced BA to cancel hundreds of flights, disrupting thousands of passengers.

Some took to Twitter, accusing the pilots of being greedy and overpaid.

Their union BALPA – which is also in dispute with Ryanair at the moment – said they had cancelled the BA strikes on September 27 to allow for a ‘period of reflection before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the brand’.

However, BA has already cancelled some flights due to operate on September 27, creating confusion for passengers who were due to travel on that date.

BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said: “Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA 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.

“BA passengers rightly expect BA 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 BA and its owner IAG show as much responsibility as the pilots.”

However, BALPA said it reserves the right to call further strikes if it doesn’t resolve its dispute with BA.


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