NEWS: Union Comms flies to the aid of BALPA

The British Air Line Pilots Association has brought in Union Communications - the agency behind the anti-privatisation Save Our Railways campaign - to handle media relations during its dispute with British Airways.

The British Air Line Pilots Association has brought in Union

Communications - the agency behind the anti-privatisation Save Our

Railways campaign - to handle media relations during its dispute with

British Airways.



On Friday BALPA announced BA flight crews would stage an indefinite

strike from July 16 - the first strike to hit BA since 1978.



Union Communications media relations manager Karyn Jones said : ‘We have

to ensure the public understand what the dispute is about and why flight

crew have been driven to take strike action’.



The dispute centres on differing pay awards for flight crew and other

staff and the breaking of agreements on pay and allowances for flights

crews at Gatwick. BA management is reported to be determined to use the

confrontation as the first step towards breaking union power.



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