Brits’ summer holiday plans could be ruined as staff for British Airways and easyJet to vote on strike action

BRITS could face travel chaos this summer if flying with British Airways or easyJet as staff working both airlines are voting on strike action.

BA pilots and easyJet check-in staff at Stansted have warned that the strikes could cause disruption this summer for passengers if they go ahead.

British Airways passengers could be hit by a strike from pilots, crew and ground staff due to a disagreement over pay.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), Unite and the GMB trade union have joined forces against the airline after talks collapsed following the dispute.

British Airways offered a 11.5 per cent increase over three years, which is above inflation, which they have rejected.

According to The Times, the three unions combined represent 40,000 British Airways staff, potentially crippling flights, although Unite and GMB have yet to vote to strike.

BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, told Sun Online Travel: "All three unions have been working for the benefit of their respective members. Given we collectively represent some 40,000 employees, this is something that British Airways should pay careful attention to.

"For the pilots that BALPA represents, it is quite simple: BA has been enormously profitable, and the employees should have a fair share of that success which, after all, they produce for the company."

A Unite spokesperson added: "Unite reps will be having further discussions with BA and meeting in the coming days to discuss their next steps. These next steps could include a consultative ballot on any revised pay offer, or a  ballot for industrial action."

With the vote to strike starting next week on June 26, and closing on July 22, it could result in a full walkout, affecting Brits during the busy summer holidays.

A British Airways spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: "We are extremely disappointed that the pilots' union, BALPA, has raised the prospect of a ballot for industrial action.

"We urge them to join us for mediation with the conciliation service ACAS, to reach an agreement and protect hard-working families planning their summer breaks.

"We believe our pay and benefits for pilots are among the best in the industry, with around 1,000 applications from pilots who want to move to us from other airlines every year."

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