First British airline pilot strike for decades as Thomas Cook Airline pilots walk out

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A Thomas Cook Airlines 737 at Lanzarote Airport

PILOTS at the Thomas Cook airline which flies to parts of Spain from British regional airports walked out on a 12 hour strike today (Friday September 8).

Those pilots who are members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) voted to strike and walked out although the company insists that all flights will operate.

This is believed by the union to be the first UK pilot’s strike for nearly 50 years and is only a token stoppage so that passengers are inconvenienced as little as possible.

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According to the union, the pilots have seen a deterioration in their terms and conditions as well as real-term pay cuts and even though they have been offered a 4 per cent pay rise over two years feel that they have to take this action now.

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