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Pilots’ union leader Martin Chalk: ‘We don’t take kindly to being told how to do things’

The union’s secretary general, who used to fly superjumbos for British Airways, admires rail counterpart Mick Lynch but is steering his own course in negotiations

The general secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) is a reluctant sabre rattler. Having been steered away from flying warplanes as a youth in the RAF, Martin Chalk now finds himself having to prime his union’s main weapon in the direction of his former employer.

Balpa members at British Airways are angry – and a second pilots’ strike in three years could be on the cards. After stepping down from BA as a captain of the world’s biggest superjumbo, the A380, at the start of the pandemic, Chalk must now guide a new set of charges through more turbulence.

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