EasyJet pilots vote to strike over fatigue concerns

easyjetPilots working for easyJet, the number-one carrier operating at Nice Airport, are considering strike action in October. A ballot is currently taking place among members of the UK pilots’ union, Balpa, who work at the low-cost carrier.

The results of the poll will be known on September 21, the union has said. Balpa claims that the dispute with easyJet concerns high levels of fatigue, and nothing else. Balpa told pilots in its letter that “we have been forced to take such extreme measures”. The union added: “The core issue of the dispute is that fatigue has risen year-on-year, to levels pilots and Balpa find unacceptable.”

Meanwhile, the airline has said in a statement that it was “committed to finding a resolution to the issues raised”, and added that pilots’ workloads are set by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority. If pilots vote in favour of industrial action, strikes could take place at any time after the ballot closes.