EasyJet strike threatens summer holiday chaos: what we know about potential industrial action so far

After pilots rejected a pay deal, the budget airline is back in talks with union reps

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton
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easyJet planes on runway
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For the past year, airports both in the UK and across Europe have seen strikes from air traffic controllers, border force worker, refuelling staff and more. Now, it could be the turn of British pilots. 

The people in charge of flying easyJet aircrafts recently rejected a pay deal offered by the airline, meaning that industrial action could impact one of the busiest holiday seasons of the year. If the pilots decide to walk out, it would be the first time in several years that pilots in the UK have taken to the picket lines. Here’s what we know so far. 

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Are EasyJet pilots going on strike?

Potentially. BALPA, the union for pilots, is back in negotiations with easyJet after its members voted to turn down a deal that would have boosted the most senior wages to almost £200,000 a year.

Captains and first officers are threatening to walk out if a better deal isn’t offered. We don’t know just yet how many would strike or when. 

Why have pilots rejected their pay rise?

At the moment, we don’t know a detailed reason for the rejection. Right now, pilots with ten years’ experience get paid around £164,000 a year. The rejected deal would have boosted that to £190,000 in October, increasing to almost £200,000 by April 2025. 

If the initial offer was accepted, senior first officers would have got a £20,000 pay rise to £112,879 and first officers’ wages would have increased to £75,446. 

What’s been said about the situation so far?

A source told The Sun: ‘BALPA has already sounded out members about strike action. They are holding all the cards and the airline knows it. Bosses need to find even more money for pilots, or jets won’t get off the ground this summer and holidaymakers face travel agony.’

A spokesperson for easyJet said: ‘We are disappointed that the pilot pay deal was narrowly rejected. We remain in constructive dialogue with BALPA and no strike action is planned.’

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