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British Airways: the union threatens other strikes

Protests already set for next week, but new dates could arrive

Next week the British Airways (BA) airline pilots' strike will begin: the dates set are on September 9, 10 and 27, but now the Balpa Union (British Airline Pilots' Association) has threatened further days of protest. The carrier, in order to stem the economic loss, had to increase ticket prices by as much as several hundred pounds.

Balpa Secretary General Brian Strutton said today, on September 6: "We will take stock of the situation next week. We hope to see the company at the negotiating table, but if this does not happen we will continue to put further pressure on".

The airline instead closed the dialogue with the union at the time considering the proposed economic offer consistent with its availability but the commanders refused a salary increase of 11.5%.

Adam French, expert on consumer rights, said that after the chaos caused by computer problems (see AVIONEWS) it is essential now that BA does everything possible to minimize interruptions and it must ensure that all passengers are kept up to date on how this will affect their travel plans.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency