BRITISH Airways pilots are to strike in September, it has been announced.
The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has today given notice to British Airways that it will call on its members to strike on September 9, 10 and 27.
The ballot for the strike started last month after negotiations over pay stalled.
BA failed their initial bid to block the strikes, and lost again after an appeal.
BALPA said on August 2 that it was still in talks with BA – however these have since broken down, leading to strike action.
They have warned that more dates could be announced up until January.
A statement from BALPA explained that it is the first time they will be going on strike.
They explained: "Over several days of ACAS talks BALPA put forward a number of packages that we believe would have resolved this dispute without a strike, and which we could have recommended to our members for acceptance prior to strike action.
"BA did not accept any of these packages, and it is clear following discussions with members over the last few days that BA’s most recent offer will not gain the support of anywhere near a majority of its pilots.
"In these circumstances, with a 93 per cent vote in favour of taking industrial action, and with no prospect of any further meaningful talks, we have no choice but to call this action.
"Our ballot is valid until January, and more dates may be announced until such time as this matter is resolved."
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