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Strike negotiations avert Virgin walkouts

Pilots have called off a planned strike after they were made a new pay offer by Virgin.

12 July 2011

Strike negotiations were used to ensure that Virgin Atlantic Airways pilots did not proceed with industrial action.

Pay wrangles had threatened to derail many people's summer holiday plans, as holidaymakers would have faced delays and possible cancellations.

Balpa, which represents over 75 per cent of pilots in the UK, confirmed an offer has been put to a ballot.

General secretary of the body Jim McAuslan said: "Pilots have never wished to inconvenience the travelling public. We have therefore lifted the threat of strike action. Virgin Atlantic pilots will proudly continue their role of flying passengers safely."

Union bargaining has been used to prevent the problem escalating and it comes after Aer Lingus staff also considered taking to the picket line.

Initially plans had been set in place for demonstrations on June 7th, but these were averted after a resolution was reached between the Irish Airline Pilots' Association and the company.

Posted by David Gleck

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