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Virgin Atlantic pilots call off walkouts after successful strike negotiations

Agreement reached over holiday allowance

09 September 2010

Virgin Atlantic pilots will not hold walkouts after both sides reached a resolution over holiday entitlement during strike negotiations.

Staff had threatened to strike over plans to reduce their holiday allowance but Virgin has now reached an amicable agreement with the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa).

Under the deal, pilots will still be entitled to at least 120 days off a year – the equivalent to an office worker's weekends and bank holidays.

Jim McAuslan, general secretary of Balpa, claimed the dispute was never about money and revealed the talks were "frank, to the point and creative".

He said: "Whilst the issue has created much debate, we are now happy with both the agreement and the ground that has been laid for our future relationship with the company."

Virgin has pledged to modernise the relationship between the two sides in a bid to avert the threat of future industrial action. 

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