Branson's fears over strike threat

29 June 2011 11:56

A pilot's strile will 'scar the company', according to Virgin Atlantic boss Sir Richard Branson

A pilot's strile will 'scar the company', according to Virgin Atlantic boss Sir Richard Branson

Virgin Atlantic boss Sir Richard Branson has voiced his concern at the impact a pilots' strike would have on the airline.

With the threat of strikes on the cards, it is a good idea for holidaymakers to check what their travel insurance covers.

Sir Richard said a walkout would have "an indelible scar on the company", while it is expected that pilots' union Balpa will reveal dates for any industrial action on Tuesday, unless an agreement can be made in the row over pay before then.

In a letter to the airline's pilots, Sir Richard said he was "extremely sad" about the prospect of strike action and called for union bosses to meet with Virgin management, while also offering an invitation to meet personally with pilots.

Balpa has voted overwhelmingly for strike action in protest at a 4% pay rise following a number of pay freezes.

In his letter, Sir Richard said: "Unless Balpa withdraws its threat very soon, it will leave an indelible scar on the company, impact customers' trust in us and damage the unique and friendly culture at Virgin Atlantic. It will affect jobs and it will make it very difficult for the company to afford the current offer on the table."

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