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Exhausted easyJet pilots threaten strike

dpadpa 21/09/2016 Bill Smith

easyJet pilots in the UK are threatening strikes after new European flight time limitation laws raised concerns over fatigue.

Pilots flying for budget airline easyJet have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a dispute over "pilot fatigue" but will discuss a last-minute offer from the airline, says their trade union.

The easyJet pilots voted by a majority of 96 per cent to take industrial action, Brian Strutton, head of the British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA), said in a statement.

"BALPA has now received a last-minute offer from easyJet to resolve the dispute and we will consider this carefully in meetings tomorrow before taking any further decisions," Strutton said.

The decision to consider the easyJet offer "means there are no plans for pilots taking industrial action at this stage," he said.

Fatigue is the "biggest single threat to flight safety" across the aviation industry, according to BALPA surveys of pilots.

"In February 2016, new controversial European Aviation Safety Agency flight time limitation laws came into force," the union said earlier.

"Pilots feared these changes could mean pilots were made to work longer and harder leading to dangerous levels of fatigue, and this has now come to pass," it said.

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