Pilots at Virgin could be balloted on strike action this week in a row over leave days. The system, which has angered workers, now guarantees 120 days off a year, plus holiday if pilots routinely work weekends and bank holidays. Now the union British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) has called for last minute talks to settle the dispute. “Balpa always does what it can to assist airlines through downturns, as many airlines will testify, and we did this with Virgin during these past difficult years,” said Balpa’s General Secretary Jim McAuslan. “To now find that the company is breaching an agreement and denying many pilots their entitlement to the equivalent of a weekend off is a real slap in the face and one which we cannot accept.” Virgin said it had not received notification of a ballot. “We have a routine, monthly meeting with our pilots on this coming Tuesday and we will be discussing any issues that arise, in that forum,” it told Travel Daily.