A splinter pilots' union is threatening to strike against Virgin Atlantic right before Christmas , demanding the airline recognize it at the negotiating table. The Professional Pilots Union is threatening to walk out days before the holiday rush if the United Kingdom airline doesn't negotiate with the group and include it in a staff benefits review, a spokesman for the union told ABC News Saturday. After 72 percent of its members voted in favor of striking against the company, the union said it could strike as early as Dec. The strike could last into early January, the statement continued. More than of the pilots are active and currently flying planes, the spokesman said. The union formed in after hundreds of pilots were unsatisfied with how a larger union, the British Airline Pilots Association, represented them, the PPU said.
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Virgin Atlantic strike: Walkout dates, compensation advice and why pilots are taking action
These are external links and will open in a new window. The union, which represents about a third of pilots at the airline, said it was excluded from talks over proposed changes to pilot benefits. It said this was the first of a series of one to four-day strikes it wants to hold until the dispute is resolved. PPU spokesman Steve Johnson, a former Virgin pilot, said the union had conducted a work-to-rule action for two years to secure recognition by Virgin.
Virgin Atlantic pilot strikes set to take place at Christmas could continue into the Professional Pilots' Union has warned. Virgin Atlantic pilots have voted in favour of industrial action over the Christmas period , but the strikes could continue on well into , the Professional Pilots Union PPU has warned. The dispute comes as the airline refuses to recognise the PPU as a union, and therefore is not including the organisation in reviews of pilots' benefits. The PPU announced last week that