Pi­lots to strike over union recog­ni­tion

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By AN­GUS HOWARTH

Pi­lots at Vir­gin At­lantic are to strike from 22 De­cem­ber to Christ­mas Day in a dis­pute over union recog­ni­tion.

The Pro­fes­sional Pi­lots Union (PPU) said its mem­bers voted by more than 7-1 in favour of in­dus­trial ac­tion. The PPU, which rep­re­sents around a third of Vir­gin’s pi­lots, has been in­volved in a long-run­ning dis­pute over recog­ni­tion.

Spokesman Steve John­son, said the union con­ducted a work-to-rule for two years to se­cure recog­ni­tion but it has been “shut out” of ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“Vir­gin At­lantic have con­sis­tently re­fused to recog­nise the PPU as a le­git­i­mate and in­de­pen­dent union, essen­tially dis­en­fran­chis­ing our mem­bers,” he said.

“De­spite the rhetoric that con­sul­ta­tions are in­clu­sive of all staff and unions, in prac­tice this doesn’t hap­pen.”

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