The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) said last night that talks with British Airways have “broken down” and that it is now holding a ballot on a proposed summer strike.

Announcing the news on Twitter, BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said: “It is bitterly disappointing that despite two full days at ACAS we are still no further forward.”

Pilots warned of the possibility of a strike last month after rejecting a new pay offer from BA worth 11.5 per cent over three years, but agreed to meet with the airline in an effort to avoid industrial action.

Strutton added: “BALPA tabled options for resolution but BA was not prepared to negotiate so there was no progress at all and now point continuing.

“Until BA changes its attitude there is little prospect of talks resuming.”

A spokesperson for BA responded: “We are disappointed that BALPA has walked away from conciliation with ACAS this evening. We remain open and flexible to find a solution to protect hard-working families looking forward to their summer breaks.”

The strike ballot closes on 22 July, and if pilots vote in favour of industrial action, the earliest that stoppage could begin is 5 August.

It’s more bad news for BA this week following the Information Commissioner’s announcement that it plans to impose a £183 million fine against the airline for a 2018 data breach.

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