A strike by British Airways pilots, the first for 40 years, entered its second day on Tuesday (10 September) with pilots union Balpa claiming “virtually 100%” support for the action.
Thousands of BA pilots walked out on Monday (9 September) as part of a long-running dispute with BA over pay. It is understood more than 1,500 flights will be cancelled across the two strike days.
The disruption could, however, continue into Wednesday as BA seeks to reposition aircraft and crew to resume normal operations. Passengers have been warned cancellations could be “unexpected”.
Both BA and Balpa have said they are willing to return to talks. However, BA says Balpa is unprepared to do so free of pre-conditions, while Balpa says its BA members’ grievances go beyond just pay.
General secretary Brian Strutton has accused BA of cost-cutting and “dumbing down” the brand, telling the BBC there was also concerns among pilots about the airline’s direction.
On Monday, Balpa said its strike action was “supported virtually 100%”, adding the strength of feeling among pilots “should be a wake-up call for BA”.
However, the union added despite its offer of talks last week, “there are currently no further negotiations planned”.
“Pilots are standing firm and have shown just how resolute they are,” said Stratton. “British Airways needs to start listening to its pilots and actually come up with ways of resolving this dispute.”