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Virgin Atlantic could face pilots' strike over benefits

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(Reuters) - Britain's could face industrial action from some of its pilots after a union representing over half of them said it is preparing to ballot members over

The airline, whose main is UK-to-U.S. flights and which is owned by Richard Branson's and U.S. Delta, has refused to negotiate with the (PPU) in a deal over benefits, the union says.

The PPU represents 450 of the company's 800 pilots but has only negotiated with rival union BALPA, says the PPU.

"(The) union is threatening unless the company include them in the negotiations and scrap the (benefits) review," the PPU said in a statement on Thursday.

A for said there was currently no planned and added that it could work with the PPU in future if it dropped a demand.

"We've always been willing in principle to recognise the PPU, but we won't agree to their demand that we derecognise BALPA, and disenfranchise the hundreds of pilots who belong to this union," she said in an emailed statement.

is due to buy 31 percent of the from Virgin Group, making it the second-largest shareholder after Delta, in a deal expected to complete in 2019.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Stephen Addison)

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 03:08 IST
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