A splinter pilots' union is threatening to strike against Virgin Atlantic right before Christmas , demanding the airline recognize it at the negotiating table. The Professional Pilots Union is threatening to walk out days before the holiday rush if the United Kingdom airline doesn't negotiate with the group and include it in a staff benefits review, a spokesman for the union told ABC News Saturday. After 72 percent of its members voted in favor of striking against the company, the union said it could strike as early as Dec. The strike could last into early January, the statement continued. More than of the pilots are active and currently flying planes, the spokesman said.
Virgin Atlantic pilots to strike in run-up to Christmas Day
Virgin Atlantic pilots plan Christmas strike - BBC News
Email address:. Virgin Atlantic is seeking an injunction to declare a pilot strike over Christmas and New Year illegal. Initially the airline maintained that it did not expect to have to cancel or delay any flights, but the injunction suggests otherwise. The court hearing is set for December 20, two days before the first strike. A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson has said contingency plans are being put in place and further details will be announced on Monday. Passengers who are flying with the airline over Christmas or New Year have been told to check their contact details are up to date. If flights do have to be cancelled or altered, customers will be informed by email and text message.
Virgin Atlantic pilots plan Christmas strike
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A number of Virgin Atlantic pilots are set to go on strike during the Christmas period after members of the Professional Pilots' Union PPU voted in favour of industrial action. The dispute, which is over the airline's refusal to recognise the PPU as a union, has led to the latter warning it was planning a series of one to four-day strikes, expected to kick off on the 22nd December. Virgin Atlantic is currently seeking an injunction in a bid to quash the planned industrial action, but at the moment the union has not declared any plans to cancel the potential disruption. The airline had initially said it expected minimal disruption, if any, to the schedule, but it seems the company is now taking precautionary measures.