Virgin Atlantic Pilots Plan to Strike During Christmas

The carrier’s priority is to ensure that customers can continue their journeys as planned this festive season.

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Here’s something worth noting if you’re planning to fly with Virgin Atlantic over the holidays: Some of the airline’s pilots within the Professional Pilots Union (PPU) have voted to strike during the Christmas period.

More than 70 percent of the pilots have voted in favor of industrial action and walkouts are likely to happen for December 22-25, December 30-January 2, as well as January 4-7.

The reason for the strike was because the union was left out of negotiations by Virgin Atlantic, which apparently “consistently refused to recognize the PPU as a legitimate and independent union”. PPU represents around 30 percent of the carrier’s pilots.

In light of the strike action, PPU spokesman, and former Virgin and Red Arrows pilot Steve Johnson, said: “It’s the last straw; Virgin Atlantic have consistently refused to recognize the PPU as a legitimate and independent union, essentially disenfranchising our members.”

“Despite the rhetoric that consultations are inclusive of all staff and unions, in practice this doesn’t happen. We hope that Virgin acknowledge the mandate our members have given us, and help avoid strike action by recognizing the PPU and halt the benefits review that is so damaging to our members long-term security.”

According to Virgin Atlantic, their priority is to ensure that customers can continue their journeys as planned this festive season. As of now, the airline does not expect any disruption to its flight schedule.

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