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BMI pilots vote to strike

Issue No. 2016

Pilots in two more divisions of BMI - the third largest airline in Britain - have voted to strike over pay and other issues.

Pilots in BMI Mainline and BMI Regional voted overwhelmingly to take action, which could take place next month, according to pilots’ union Balpa.

These results follow a ballot last week at Bmibaby, the “no frills” division of the airline, where pilots voted for industrial action.

Jim McAuslan, general secretary of Balpa, said, “This means that pilots in all three BMI subsidiaries have voted to strike.

“One could be an accident, two a coincidence, but with all three pilot groups supporting strike action we have revealed a real feeling of injustice among pilots.”

Pilots claim the airline has imposed a number of decisions on pay, pensions and flying rotas without consultation.

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Sat 2 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2016
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