Pilots union BALPA has offered to call off next week’s British Airways strikes if the airline “comes back to the negotiating table”.

Union members are due to go on strike for two days next week on Monday, 9 September, and Tuesday, 10 September in a dispute over pay. Another further day of action is planned for 27 September.

BALPA said it had submitted a new proposal in a letter to BA’s chief executive Alex. But the union admitted next week’s strikes could still go ahead if the airline “continues to refuse meaningful discussions”.

In a ballot on industrial action, 93 per cent of BALPA members voted in favour of a stoppage.

BALPA general secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “Our members’ resolve is very strong and they remain very angry with BA, but they also want to leave no stone unturned in trying to find a resolution to their dispute.

“Avoiding strike action and agreeing a deal with their pilots surely must be the desired outcome for British Airways.

“We urge BA to join us to discuss the new proposal – which shows pilots are willing to be flexible but still stand united in getting a better deal.”

BA attempted to block strike action in the High Court in July but failed in this action, and also lost an appeal in the Court of Appeal.

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