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
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.