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Is Virgin Going On Strike?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 1:26 pm

Is Virgin Atlantic going on strike in 10 days? Thats what I hear and I just wanna know if it's true or not. I'm flying to LHR in 11 days, so will it affect me?

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RE: Is Virgin Going On Strike?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 8:34 pm

Here is the newspaper article, and if they do go on dtriek you will be effected! The story has got quite queit over here, so I am not sure what the current status is.

24 February 2001

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic airline faces strike action after 95 per cent of its pilots rejected a pay offer.

Sir Richard, anxious to avoid cancellations by passengers seeking to avoid industrial action, intervened personally but failed to persuade flight crew to accept a 5 per cent pay rise.

An internal memo reveals that Virgin tried to ensure that news of the strike threat did not leak out. The confidential letter warned that the business would be damaged and Virgin's image tarnished if passengers "get wind of potential disruption".

Virgin management will make a final attempt to reach a deal on Monday but members of the British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) said there would need to be a significant improvement in the pay offer. The union, which recently secured recognition by Virgin, is preparing for a ballot on industrial action if there is no breakthrough.

Pilots want a two-year deal worth 12 per cent above inflation and a 3.5 per cent boost to pensions. Pilots' representatives argue that Virgin's flight crew are paid 25 per cent less than their colleagues at British Airways, where senior captains earn more than £100,000 a year.

The letter, by Malcolm Wagstaff, Virgin Atlantic's flight operations director, conceded that the airline was "not a market leader" for pay but said it could not afford a bigger rise. "The commercial damage ... starts from the moment customers get wind of a potential for disruption," he wrote. "Our reputation and image, as well as opportunities for growth and stability, will be jeopardised."

The day has not been quoted in the article however we have all heard it is the 16th of March.

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RE: Is Virgin Going On Strike?

Wed Mar 07, 2001 10:19 am

Hey! As I said, I am going to LHR on March 16th. So what do I do while I am here at home? Who can I contact to find out if the strike is going down? Also, if they go on strike while I'm in London, then will I be able to get back home to Los Angeles?!?! Or should I just try another flight?

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RE: Is Virgin Going On Strike?

Wed Mar 07, 2001 10:36 am

As I said it has all gone very quiet recently, so I am not sure what happend. Your best bet is to go onto Pprune.org and post on there forum as they will know what is happening! I would not worry about it too much Virgin Management is being very quite about the whole situation which is probably a good sign of them not letting it happen!
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RE: Is Virgin Going On Strike?

Wed Mar 07, 2001 6:31 pm

I called the Virgin Airways number and spoke with a woman who said that she knows nothing about a strike. So lets hope that stays!!!
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