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Bmibaby pilots to strike

Issue No. 2015

Pilots at UK budget airline Bmibaby have voted to strike in a row over pay and pensions.

The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) members backed action by three to one.

The “no frills” subsidiary of airline BMI flies from airports including Nottingham East Midlands and Cardiff.

The dispute with staff centres on its imposition of a 2.4 percent pay rise. “Our members in Bmibaby have spoken out loud and clear,” said Balpa general secretary Jim McAuslan.

“The imposition of a 2.4 percent pay rise without any satisfactory negotiations was a big factor in this vote, but it was only one factor.

There is despair that the management of the company has shown its employees a total lack of respect over a wide range of issues.”

There is anger over pay, but also over planned increases in pension contributions.

Action was expected to be announced following the results of strike ballots at other BMI divisions.

Some 250 check in staff in the GMB union who work for BMI are balloting for strike action over same issue.

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Sat 26 Aug 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2015
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