Deal averts strike at Virgin Atlantic

Deal averts strike at Virgin Atlantic

Pilots at Virgin Atlantic have reached a deal with airline representatives averting the threat of strike action.

Following talks with the airline, pilots – represented by British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) – have secured their target of a minimum of 120 rostered days off per annum.

Balpa general secretary Jim McAuslan said: “Both sides have conducted talks that were frank, to the point and creative.

“While the issue has created much debate, we are now happy with both the agreement and the ground that has been laid for our future relationship with the company.”

Virgin Atlantic pilots had mooted the possibility of industrial action during the dispute, potentially causing huge disruption at the airline.

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“In our discussions with the company we have identified a range of relationships and processes that can be improved,” continued Mr McAuslan.

“We are looking forward to working with Virgin Atlantic on these matters to ensure that our industrial relations is on a more professional and progressive footing.”

Balpa continues to seek a separate resolution with British Airways.