Posted on: 09 June 2015 by Mark Howells
Pilots working for Norwegian Air Shuttle and West Atlantic Airlines will now be represented at a national and international level by The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA).
“BALPA is proud to welcome West Atlantic and Norwegian Air Shuttle pilots into the 9,000-strong UK pilot family,” commented BALPA’s general secretary, Jim McAuslan. “Our new members will now have professional BALPA support at work, through constructive and effective representation, and a national and international voice on major issues such as fatigue, flight safety and pensions.”
Over the last year BALPA has formed a positive relationship with the growing number of Norwegian Air Shuttle managers and its team of more than 120 pilots operating out of Gatwick, both employed by OSM Aviation.
BALPA has also been working with pilots employed by West Atlantic, the UK-based European cargo airline, to provide access to BALPA representation and protection. ACAS, the independent Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, has confirmed that the majority of West Atlantic pilots have joined the association.
BALPA has now negotiated the details of the agreements that will cover Norwegian Air Shuttle and West Atlantic pilots, who will also benefit from the national representation BALPA provides as the voice of the UK pilot family and global influence through the international pilot community, along with specialist financial, legal and emergency support.