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Virgin Atlantic's pilots union urged the airline's management to avoid a confrontation amid what the union described as last-ditch talks to settle a dispute over time off. Talks between the U. The dispute centers on the union's claim that the U. The scheduled days off per year are the equivalent of an office worker's weekends and bank holidays, but without the same predictability.
Virgin Atlantic pilot strike: Airline seeks injunction to quash Christmas industrial action
A splinter pilots' union is threatening to strike against Virgin Atlantic right before Christmas , demanding the airline recognize it at the negotiating table. The Professional Pilots Union is threatening to walk out days before the holiday rush if the United Kingdom airline doesn't negotiate with the group and include it in a staff benefits review, a spokesman for the union told ABC News Saturday. After 72 percent of its members voted in favor of striking against the company, the union said it could strike as early as Dec. The strike could last into early January, the statement continued.
Virgin Atlantic is seeking an injunction to declare a pilot strike over Christmas and New Year illegal. Initially the airline maintained that it did not expect to have to cancel or delay any flights, but the injunction suggests otherwise. The court hearing is set for December 20, two days before the first strike.