EasyJet pilots cancel strike action as fatigue deal reached

EasyJet pilots cancel strike action as fatigue deal reached

The threat of strike action by easyJet pilots has been lifted after they voted in favour of new proposals from the carrier.

A majority of Balpa members voted for industrial action in September in a dispute over pilot fatigue concerns.

However, easyJet came back with an improved offer that has now been accepted.

Pilots voted by 68% to 32% in a ballot that closed today to accept the latest proposal put forward by the carrier, therefore bringing to an end the potential for industrial action.

The union’s general secretary Brian Strutton said: “This is a positive outcome for Balpa and easyJet and the fact we have managed to reach a deal that satisfies most of our members is testament to Balpa’s ethos of ‘professional engagement’.

“Balpa will now be working closely with easyJet to ensure this agreement delivers real improvements to pilots’ lifestyles.”

Details of the deal struck were not disclosed.

EasyJet said the airline was pleased to confirm that its pilots have voted in favour of the recent proposal. 

A statement said: “Our pilots are integral to the airline’s success and we look forward to working closely with them and their union Balpa to deliver the proposal."

The airline is to put its summer 2017 schedule on sale tomorrow (Thursday).

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