Vir­gin pi­lots to strike at Xmas

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

PI­LOTS at Vir­gin At­lantic are to strike dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod in a lon­grun­ning dis­pute over union recog­ni­tion.

The Pro­fes­sional Pi­lots Union, which rep­re­sents about a third of pi­lots at the air­line, said it was ex­cluded from talks over pro­posed changes to ben­e­fits.

Its mem­bers voted by more than 7-1 to strike from De­cem­ber 22 to Christ­mas Day. Spokesman Steve John­son said the PPU was ‘shut out’ of ne­go­ti­a­tions and pi­lots were be­ing ‘ig­nored’.

Which? travel editor Rory Boland said: ‘This is deeply wor­ry­ing for fam­i­lies and peo­ple des­per­ate to see loved ones over the Christ­mas pe­riod, es­pe­cially with the strike ac­tion po­ten­tially start­ing on one of the busiest travel days of the year.’

A Vir­gin At­lantic spokesman added: ‘We’re work­ing hard to pro­tect all trips.’

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