Union hits back at Sun’s BA ballot bollocks

BALPA has hit back at claims by The Sun newspaper that British Airways pilots are planning to strike for ten days.

The newspaper made the claim on its front page yesterday, saying pilots are planning a “ten-day mega strike that would cost £400m and ‘break’ the airline” in November.

BALPA categorically rejected the claim, tweeting: “The Sun’s front page splash today is not true. We have no plans to announce a 10-day strike. Indeed, we want to reach an agreement with BA to enable us to call off further strike action. BA, sadly, is refusing to move its position and negotiate a compromise with us.”

In response, one Twitter-user replied: “The Sun’s front page splash today is not true” Only today?”, while another said: “No one with their brain switched on trusts the Sun Newspaper.”

The union, which is going ahead with planned strike action on September 27, also responded to reports to British Airways has started cancelling flights for that day to avoid the 14-day window of having to compensate affected passengers.

A statement said: “BALPA set a gap between the first and second periods of strike action to give BA time to work with us to settle this dispute with their pilots. We had been exchanging new ideas to do that via ACAS and so it irresponsible and inconsiderate to its customers that BA has pulled out and decided to start canceling flights now, just to save money on compensation. BA did not respond to our latest proposals before cancelling these flights.

“Passengers who will be affected by these cancellations should know that we have given BA multiple opportunities to work with us so we could call off this action.”

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