Pilots at British Airways have voted strongly in favour of a strike in a dispute over pay.

Some 93 per cent of those staff represented by the British Airline Pilots’ Association voted for industrial action, on a 90 per cent turnout.

  • UPDATE British Airways has lost a High Court bid for a temporary injunction to halt industrial action by its pilots in a dispute over pay.

BALPA general secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “This strong result demonstrates the resolve of British Airways pilots, and shows British Airways that it must table a sensible improved offer if a strike is to be averted.

“Sadly, three days of ACAS talks have not moved the company’s position one iota.

“We do not wish to inconvenience our customers which is why we have tried to resolve this matter through negotiation starting last November – it is British Airways who has regrettably chosen to drag this out into the summer months.”

British Airways said it was “very disappointed” that the union was threatening “the travel plans of thousands of our customers”.

The carrier will seek to secure an injunction against industrial action in the High Court on Tuesday, meaning any further negotiations are on hold.

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