Airways Prepares For Holiday Labor Strike
Today's letter was the third sent to Unite, pointing out
the balloting flaws, since last Friday. The union did not reply to the
first two letters.
As a back-up to the legal action, British Airways managers have been
establishing which cabin crew might wish to work normally during the
As a back-up to the legal action, British Airways managers have been establishing which cabin crew might wish to work normally during the strike period.
Willie Walsh, British Airways chief executive, said: "We are absolutely
determined to do whatever we can to protect our customers from this
appalling, unjustified decision from Unite.
Willie Walsh, British Airways chief executive, said: "We are absolutely determined to do whatever we can to protect our customers from this appalling, unjustified decision from Unite.
British Airways is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom. It is headquartered in Waterside near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport and is the largest airline in the UK based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations. Its second hub is London Gatwick Airport.
British Airways has indicated they will “fight to the death” to prevent a 12 day walkout by cabin crew. British Airways has expressed that they are extremely disappointed that Unite is planning massive disruption for hundreds of thousands of our customers over the Christmas/New Year holiday period.
“A 12-day strike would be
completely unjustified and a huge over-reaction to the modest changes we
have announced for cabin crew which are intended to help us recover from
record financial losses. Unite's cynical decision betrays a total lack
of concern for our customers, our business and other employees within
has further stated “Unite's claim that changing onboard crew numbers
from Heathrow is a contractual issue, with which we disagree, will be
resolved by the courts in February. A 12-day strike over Christmas and
New Year can have no effect in determining this issue”.
British Airways chief executive, said: "A strike is senseless - and we
urge Unite to draw back. We will not be reversing our changes to onboard
crew numbers. They have allowed us to accept more than 1,000 requests
for voluntary redundancy - and those former colleagues have left the
business. Unite must understand that there can be no return to the old,
inefficient ways if we want to ensure long-term survival in the
interests of our customers, shareholders and all our staff”.
British Airways has stated “We are aware that Unite, the trade union that represents British Airways’ (BA) cabin crew, has on December 14, 2009, announced that its strike ballot has closed with a vote in favor of industrial action between December 22, 2009 and January 2, 2010. We are currently reworking our flight schedules for the strike period and aim to announce them as quickly as possible. Our intention is to inform affected customers directly if we have their e-mail address or by SMS text if we have their mobile phone number. We will use the contact details supplied at the time of booking, so we ask customers to please ensure these are correct and up-to-date”.
On 12 November 2009, British Airways had confirmed that it had reached a preliminary agreement to merge with Iberia Airlines. However, it appears that British Airways is looking for an out. The combining of the two airlines would have made British Airways the world's third-largest carrier (after Delta Air Lines and American Airlines) in terms of annual revenue.
(BA) was created in 1972, when the British Overseas Airways Corporation
(BOAC) and British European Airways Corporation (BEA) managements were
combined under the newly formed British Airways Board.
This effectively made British Airways into the
national airline for the
Sir John King, later Lord King, was appointed
Chairman in 1981 with the goal of preparing the airline for
privatization. King was credited with transforming the loss-making giant
into one of the most profitable air carriers in the world, boldly
claiming to be "The World's Favorite Airline", while many other large
airlines struggled. The flag carrier was privatized and was floated on
the London Stock Exchange in February 1987 by the Conservative
government. In July 1987, British Airways affected the controversial
During the 1990s, BA became the world's most
profitable airline under the slogan "The World's Favorite Airline". In
1993 BA formed British Asia Airways, a subsidiary based in the Republic
of China (
Lord King stepped
down as chairman in 1993 and was replaced by former deputy Colin
Marshall while Robert Ayling took over as the CEO. Benefits under his
management included cost savings of £750m and the establishment of Go in
1998. However, one year on, in 1999, British Airways reported an 84
percent drop in profits, its worst since privatization at the time. In
March 2000, Robert Ayling was removed from his position and British
Airways announced Rod Eddington as his successor. Eddington set about
cutting the workforce further, in response to the slump caused by the 11
September attacks in 2001 On 8 September 2004, British Airways announced
that it was to sell its 18.5 percent stake in Qantas.
In September 2005, new CEO Willie Walsh, former Aer
Lingus boss, took charge of the company. In January 2008, BA unveiled
its new subsidiary OpenSkies which takes advantage of the liberalization
of transatlantic traffic rights, and flies non-stop between major
European cities and the
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