Virgin Atlantic Pilots industrial action – what will be the impact?

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Virgin Atlantic pilots have voted for industrial action but not an all out strike. The disagreement is over union recognition. The ballot received  a high turnout at over 80% with a 88.6% majority in favour of action. The Professional Pilots’Union covers the majority of Virgin Atlantic pilots.

The action is not a strike but pilots will be removing ‘goodwill’ which could mean some flights could be impacted. However Virgin have officially said they do not expect flights to be effected.

Goodwill normally means situations such as when pilots are asked to change rostered flights to cover last-minute issues. The impact is expected to be low but I would recommend keeping an eye on your flights if you are flying during the action. It starts on 23 December 2016 and has no end date currently.


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