Thomas Cook Airlines pilots back strike

Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017

thomasHundreds of pilots of Thomas Cook Airlines voted to strike over pay resulting in disruption in the airlines.


The airline’s pilots were upset after not being able to secure a wage increase of more than 10%.


They were offered a 1.5% pay rise instead of an automatic 1.8%, however , they are still demanding a 10.7% increase.


Out of the airline’s 560 pilots more than 400 have membership with the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) and it was noted that 80% voted to go on a strike.


Another demand by the pilots is to fly via business class when travelling to airports through connecting flights.


The final approval for the strike will be worked out by the Balpa’s executive committee.


Thomas Cook Airlines spokesman mentioned that in order to reach a settlement a fair offer has been put forward in a competitive scenario. Discussions are on with the Balpa’s representative to find a way out.


The Thomas Cook’s summer schedule covers destinations like North American, the Caribbean and Europe operating to both long and short haul journey.


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