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Strike negotiations news: Virgin pilots set to ballot for industrial action

Virgin pilots are gearing up for industrial action.

17 May 2011

Virgin pilots are set to be balloted for strike action over a pay dispute.

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) revealed that strike negotiations with the firm had been unsuccessful, meaning more union bargaining could be prompted.

Talks between the two organisations began in 2010 but no amount of negotiation skill has yet to prompt the pair to reach an agreement.

Commenting on the move, Jim McAuslan, general secretary for BALPA, noted that pilots at the company have not received an increase in pay since 2008.

"During the tough years pilots have made sacrifices to help the business on the basis that fair pay would return. But that hasn't proved to be the case," he said.

Mr McAuslan went on to state that his organisation has been left with "no alternative" but to issue notice for the ballot, scheduled to go out on May 24th.

Earlier in the month, BALPA called for tighter rules to be placed on "virtual airlines", which sell tickets for routes they have contracted from other companies.

Posted by Edel Quinn

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