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BA pilots accept revised pay offer after strikes

British Airways pilots have accepted a revised pay offer following strike action earlier this year.

Pilots who are members of the union Balpa (British Airline Pilots Association) went on strike in September, leaving 1,700 flights grounded, which affected nearly 200,000 passengers.

Heathrow was the airport worst hit by the walkout.

A Balpa statement read: “A ballot of British Airways pilots closed today following the dispute over pay and terms and conditions.

“Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) employed by BA voted nearly nine to one to accept the final agreement which was proposed by ACAS and recommended by Balpa and its BA reps.”

Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) have a long-running dispute with British Airways over pay.

Why were the BA pilots on strike?

The two parties reached a preliminary deal to end the pay dispute last month.

The row had led to the first walkout by pilots in the history of BA.

Balpa members took a 48-hour strike on 9 and 10 September, but then called off another strike for 27 September, saying the previous action had demonstrated their anger.

The striking pilots had rejected a pay rise from BA worth 11.5% over the next three years, saying it was not reflected in the strong financial results enjoyed by the company.

The pilots had demanded a larger share of the airline’s profits.

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