More BMI pilots vote to strike over pay

Pilots in two more divisions of BMI –the third largest airline in the UK – have voted to take strike action in a row over pay.

Pilots in BMI Mainline and BMI Regional voted overwhelmingly to take action, which could take place next month, according to pilots’ union Balpa.

These results follow a ballot last week at BMI Baby, the ‘no frills’ division of the airline, where pilots voted for industrial action.

Jim McAuslan, general secretary of Balpa, said: “This means that pilots in all three BMI subsidiaries have voted to strike. One could be an accident, two a coincidence, but with all three pilot groups supporting strike action we have revealed a real feeling of injustice among pilots.

“Although there are separate and specific issues of dispute in each division, the overarching concern is that the company is bulldozing through change.”

Pilots claim the airline has imposed a number of decisions on pay, pensions and flying rotas without consultation. BMI said it has called for talks.

The two sides are expected to meet next week to discuss the dispute.

Balpa said it had suggested that conciliation service Acas become involved in the talks.

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