British airline pilots have today won a final landmark court battle for fairness. The UK Supreme Court has this morning ruled, in a case dating back to 2006, that holiday pay must include all elements of a pilot’s remuneration, and not just basic pay. Thompsons has acted on behalf of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) throughout the case.

Jim McAuslan, General Secretary of BALPA, said:

“This is a major victory for all pilots in the UK. The calculation of holiday pay was a clear example of pilots being short-changed by their employers. We always believed that under European working time rules introduced in 2004 pilots should be treated like other working people in the UK and should receive their proper pay during holidays. This should not be restricted to basic salary but should include allowances.

British Airways and other UK airlines opposed us but, after a six year legal battle, both the European Court of Justice and now the UK’s Supreme Court have finally supported our position.

Jim McAuslan concluded ‘This judgment could not be clearer and sets a bench mark across the whole of the Aviation industry. Our message to airlines is blunt. The game is up so let’s sit down and settle these claims. Let’s move on.”