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Eight days of planned strikes called off by Thomas Cook pilots

Eight days of strikes had been originally planned for the month of October but have since been called off by the pilots of Thomas Cook.

According to the Balpa Union, pilots with Thomas Cook have agreed to enter binding arbitration in an attempt to resolve their current pay dispute. The union says that the first strike, which was planned for October 6, has been called off.

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton says, “I am pleased that we have been able to find a peaceful way of resolving the pilots’ pay dispute without further disruption to passengers.”

Pilots with the airline are requesting a pay increase that would be inline with inflation, which is currently at 2.9 percent, but they were offered a pay increase of only 1.5 percent, an offer Balpa Union calls “unreasonable”.

Thomas Cook responded, saying, “We remain keen to resolve this dispute in the interests of all involved and we will now focus on proceeding with the arbitration process.”

Other strikes planned for October included a 3-day strike beginning October 12 and a 4-day strike on October 19.

Thomas Cook added that in light of the potential strike they had already changed some flight times, “We’ll be keeping to these revised departure times,” it said.

Thomas Cook offers several direct flights to Cancun, including routes from Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol London Gatwick and London Heathrow.