8-Sep-2010 12:13 PM

Virgin Atlantic and BALPA meet to avoid industrial action by pilots

Virgin Atlantic and union BALPA reportedly met on 06-Sep-2010 to avoid a strike at the carrier related to a mounting dispute over holiday entitlements and the number of days pilots are able to take off in addition to holiday privileges (cityam, 07-Sep-2010). The pilots have expressed dissatisfaction with a change to a system that guarantees 120 days off p/a, in addition to holidays, in return for routinely working weekends and bank holidays. If BALPA does conduct strike action, it would be the first strike at the carrier.