British Airways pilots launched a 48-hour strike on Monday, grounding almost all its flights and disordering the plans of thousands of travelers in unprecedented industrial action over a pay dispute.
The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) final month gave the airline strike of three days of industrial action in September, within the first-ever strike by BA pilots.
Following strikes on Monday and Tuesday, one other day of industrial action is scheduled for Sept. 27. Both sides say they’re willing to conduct further talks.
BALPA has stated British Airways (BA) ought to share extra of its profits with its pilots. BA has mentioned the strike motion is inexcusable as its pay offer was fair.
Thousands of customers have needed to search alternative travel arrangements, and the airline has been available in for criticism over how it dealt with communications with passengers before the strikes.
“We hope we can find a method of resolving this dispute. We’ve been attempting very hard to take action for the best a part of nine months now however here we are now sadly having to take mechanical motion,” BALPA General Secretary Brian Strutton told BBC radio.
He mentioned they were prepared to compromise; however, BA was not ready to “budge.”
The airline rejected a new offer by BALPA last week as an “eleventh hour inflated proposal” that was not made in reasonable belief. BALPA had stated it would have known as off the strikes this week if BA had occupied with the offer.
A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson has advised both sides to end the dispute.