Belfast Telegraph

Strike threat by easyJet pilots suspended pending talks on fatigue

The threat of strikes by easyJet pilots is being suspended while new proposals on tackling fatigue are considered.

Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) voted earlier this week in favour of industrial action, but talks have been held to try to resolve the row.

The union said it discussed a set of proposals to mitigate pilot fatigue which will be put to pilots in a consultative ballot.

A statement said: "As a result, while this proposal is being consulted on by Balpa members, we are suspending serving strike notice on the company."

Brian Strutton, Balpa's general secretary, said: "We have been working hard today and over the last few days to find a solution to this dispute about pilot fatigue.

"EasyJet management have put a proposal on the table that the Balpa team feel has closed the gap between us considerably on a range of issues.

"We therefore feel it is right and proper to consult with our members at this stage and so we are suspending serving notice of industrial action on the company.

"This does not mean the dispute is over, but it does mean that we have made sufficient progress to take an offer to pilots in easyJet for their consideration.

"We take the issue of pilot fatigue extremely seriously, and hope that today's proposals will form the basis of a strong agreement between easyJet and its pilots."

The airline said: "EasyJet can confirm that, following further extensive discussions with Balpa over the last few days, a new proposal has been developed which will now be put to UK pilots, with a view to reaching a mutually agreeable solution.

"This means there currently is no threat of strike action."