British Airways agrees provisional pay settlement to avoid pilot Christmas strike

BA has agreed to a provisional pay settlement with its pilots.


British Airways has agreed a new pay deal with its pilots’ union, in the hope it will be end the planned Christmas strikes.


The airline has agreed to insert an inflation protection clause to its previous pay offer of an 11.5% rise over three years.


It also offered improvements to working conditions, including scheduling.


Pilots will still have to vote to accept the deal which is expected to take place in the coming days.


The British Airline Pilots Association’s (BALPA) general secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “We can confirm that BALPA, BA and Acas have put together a new pay and conditions proposal and, subject to final checks, BALPA expects it will shortly be consulting its 4,000 BA members on them.”


BA is still reeling from the walkout in September when 3,000 pilots went on strike, causing sweeping cancellations and £121 million in lost revenue.


In the three months to the end of September, IAG reported a 7% fall in operating profit to €1.4 billion.