Virgin Pilots’ Strike Threatens Holiday Plans

Virgin pilots voted yesterday to go on strike and the first walkout could happen as soon as early July.

BAPLA, the British Airline Pilots Association, says 94% turned out to vote in the ballot, and the result was an overwhelming majority, 97%, in favour of going on strike.

Virgin Atlantic flights to long-haul summer destinations such as Disneyland Florida, California and the Caribbean, Australia and the Far East look likely to be affected. The strike couldn’t come at a worse time as families get ready to escape the UK weather on their summer holidays, but Virgin Atlantic said it was preparing contingency plans to put in place .

Seven hundred and fifty pilots are involved in the action against Virgin’s proposed 4% pay increase which BAPLA says isn’t enough after three years of pay freezes. The pilots are the only Virgin employees who plan to strike – other divisions have accepted their pay deals.

More details will be released later this week…

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