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British Airways strike leaves thousand of passangers stranded

Pilots of the British Airways have called a two- day strike over its dispute with regards to the pay raise issues. This commes after days of talks between the management and the British Airways Pilot Association have failed.

This comes after a pay raise of 11.5 per cent was rejected by the pilots which could have seen them earn around 200,000 pounds per year as compred to their current earnings which average around 90,000 pounds per annum.

Despite the hike the pilots have prefered to go on strike, despite the management laying the blame completely on the union. It mostly depicts the loss of confidence in the management of the company which the pilots felts. Given the recent cash flow gains that British Airways has got with the scrapping of the pension package.

Following the announcement of the strike, International Aviation Group of which the British Airines is a part of saw its shares go down by 2 per cent in early trading.

Many pilots have come out asking the management to fulfill its promises which it offered when the Airlines was going under the economic pressures of the market. Yet the disputes sees no end as on Monday, the airline had to cancel almost 1,700 of its fights when it was taken aback by the strike of its pilots.

This is the first time ever that the pilots of the British Airlines decided to go on strike. British Airlines have been criticized over its communications issues when it mis-communicated with some of its passengers when they failed to relay information regarding the status of their flights. This has led an ivestigation by the UK Civil Aviation Authority into the factors behind the miscommunications.

British Airlines Pilots Association has been accused of renegeing on a deal and bringing in a new deal which British Airlines believed to be negotiation in bad faith. British Airlines Chief Executive Alex Cruz in a statement quoeted by Reuters had urged the union to come back to the negotiating table in order to resolve the pay dispute.

A similar strike haas been called later this month by the Association which would again harm the business of the airlines leading to further cancellations.

{Inputs from various agencies}

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