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Thomas Cook pilots call off strike action

Thomas Cook pilots had announced several 24-hour walk out in a dispute over pay. Credit: PA

A planned 24-hour strike on Friday by pilots at Thomas Cook in a dispute over pay has been called off.

The British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) union confirmed it has agreed to halt the upcoming action after talks.

Members will now be balloted on whether to go to arbitration to resolve the row, according to Thomas Cook.

Members of the union took industrial action earlier this month in what was the first UK pilots' strike in over 40 years.

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Thomas Cook pilots plan three more strikes in Autumn

Pilots are set to walk out on three dates in September and October. Credit: PA

Thomas Cook pilots will stage three more strikes this Autumn if talks at the conciliation service Acas do not resolve a pay dispute, their union has announced.

They will stage walkouts on September 23 and 29 and October 6 unless there is a breakthrough in talks, the British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) said.

Pilots at the travel company are currently on a 12-hour strike which started at 3am on Friday.

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said they will "focus on trying to make progress" and urged Thomas Cook to make an "acceptable offer" so they can call of the action.

A spokesman for Thomas Cook said they had offered a "fair" pay deal.

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Thomas Cook ex chief Harriet Green handed £5.7m bonus

Thomas Cook's ex chief executive Harriet Green has been handed a shares bonus worth £5.7 million.

Green is to donate a third to charity in the wake of the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd from carbon monoxide poisoning on holiday in Corfu, the company said.

Thomas Cook ex chief Harriet Green handed £5.7m bonus. Credit: PA

Ms Green was the subject of accusations by the mother of Bobbi and Christi Shepherd over a claim she used their memory to gain public sympathy.

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