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Offshore pilots vote on strikes

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2467

Helicopter pilots are considering strikes over offshore helicopter operator redundancies in the North Sea.

A meeting in Aberdeen last week expressed pilots’ fury at the “ruthless exploitation” by bosses of lower oil prices.

A ballot of the members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) was set to close today. Any strikes would have a major impact on offshore operations.

In recent weeks helicopter firms have announced their intention to slash up to 200 jobs. Balpa general secretary Jim McAuslan warned “that the consequence of these cuts will be felt in the safety culture of the North Sea”.

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Tue 18 Aug 2015, 17:31 BST
Issue No. 2467
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