Virgin Atlantic Strike

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UPDATE: 8 July. The pilots’ union, BALPA, has lifted the strike action planned as it reconsiders a new offer from the airline. Even if this new offer is rejected and a new ballot run it would be very unlikely that summer flights would be affected.

Not for a generation has there been an airline pilots strike in the UK. Now, the pilots at Virgin Atlantic have voted by an overwhelming margin – 97% – to vote for one. 94% of all the pilots in the union voted so no-one can say that this doesn’t have massive support.
No dates have been set and talks are continuing but if there is no settlement some commentators are suggesting the strikes could begin in about three weeks.
The issue is pay. Whether they pilots or the management is in the right is of little concern to passengers. What we would like to know is how this might affect us. There are 750 Virgin pilots of whom about 640 are in the union
The airline says that it has contingency plans but hasn’t said what these are. I suspect they are still drawing them up. In the meantime all we can do is check the travel insurance policies to see if there is cover in the event of a strike and hope than an arrangement is reached. And keep an eye on Virgin’s website

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