From The Times:
The threat of a strike by British Airways pilots over the Easter holiday period appeared today to have receded despite confirmation that BA pilots had voted by an overwhelming margin for stoppages in a row over pay and conditions.
The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) announced that 86 per cent of its members at BA had backed strike action in a dispute over the company’s new subsidiary carrier Open Skies.
The union claims that pilots in the new airline will earn less and work under worse conditions, charges which BA deny.
Within three hours, however, and before any strike dates were named, the two sides agreed to take the issue to a “conciliation process with an independent third party”.
BA’s 3,000 pilots are up in arms over the company’s plan to create a subsidiary airline with cheaper operating costs. Balpa is concerned that Open Skies pilots could be used to reduce the pay and conditions of flight crew at the main airline.
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