BMIBaby pilots to strike over 2.4% pay offer

Pilots at budget airline BMIBaby have voted to strike over pay.

The British Airline Pilots Association said its members had voted by 3-1 to walk out over the imposition of a 2.4% pay rise, which the union claims is not big enough.

However, the pilots union reassured travellers any industrial action would not take place over the bank holiday weekend as a “sign of goodwill”.

British Airline Pilots Association general secretary, Jim McAuslan, said the pay rise was imposed without any satisfactory negotiations.

“There is despair that the management of the company has shown its employees a total lack of respect over a wide range of issues,” he added.

The company said in a statement: “Bmibaby have contingency plans in place to deal with any operational disruption and will keep customers advised of current information via the website.”

BMIBaby flies from airports including Nottingham East Midlands and Cardiff.

A separate strike ballot of pilots is taking place at the main BMI airline. This is also over pay, but also includes a dispute over planned increases in pension contributions.

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