Virgin Atlantic pilots vote to strike

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first_img Share The union says it wants fresh talks with the airlineVirgin Atlantic pilots have voted to go out on strike for their first time in the airline’s history, in a dispute over pay.The Balpa union said 97% of its members voted in favour of industrial action, from a ballot turnout of 94%, a result it said was “overwhelming”.The ballot was called after year-long pay talks with the company broke down.Balpa said it was open for fresh talks with the airline. Virgin Atlantic has yet to comment.‘Hugely disappointed’Jim McAuslan, Balpa general secretary, said the “huge” vote in favour of strike action sent a clear message to Virgin Atlantic’s majority owner, Sir Richard Branson.“Pilots do not want to strike and are hugely disappointed by the company’s approach. There has been no UK pilot strike for 32 years,” he added.“But there comes a time when even moderate people say ‘enough’.”Balpa said that Virgin Altantic’s pilots had not had a pay rise since 2008, and were being offered a below inflation deal for 2011.“We do not want to inconvenience the public and hope that Sir Richard will use some of his undoubted Virgin flair to settle this,” Mr McAuslan said.BBC News Share LifestyleTravel Virgin Atlantic pilots vote to strike by: – June 21, 2011 Sharecenter_img Tweet 46 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img

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