British Airways Flight Attendants Hold Firm To The Picket Line
March 29, 2010 - Another week of bullying by BA has backfired, Unite the union claimed on Sunday. Heavy-handed attempts to scare cabin crew back to work including withdrawing their travel assistance, deeming sick workers as strikers, and docking crew wages for days which are not strike days - are not working the union said as the scale of cabin crew strikes unfolds and BA's contingency plans unravel.
Unite says that
sadly passengers are suffering from BA's hyped-up claims to be running a
functioning operation as dozens of flights were cancelled yesterday -
and that already today BA has cancelled over 130 flights, its greatest
number yet. Len McCluskey, Unite assistant general secretary said
"BA's bullying is backfiring. Instead of being cowed by their employer's
aggression, cabin crew are striking forcing BA to cancel ever growing
numbers of flights.
Len McCluskey, Unite assistant general secretary said "BA's bullying is backfiring. Instead of being cowed by their employer's aggression, cabin crew are striking forcing BA to cancel ever growing numbers of flights.
"Mr. Walsh needs to stop claiming that BA is flying more passengers
because he isn't. Where he
can, he is putting BA customers onto other carriers and paying heavily
for their services in so doing.
"Yesterday, hundreds of fed up passengers, encouraged to travel by
management's exaggerated claims, were dumped in the terminal because the
airline ran out of strike breakers.
Yesterday Unite announced that it is seeking legal advice on BA's
attempts to deny striking crew pay for days other than strike days, and
on BA's move to deem sick workers as strikers and punish them by
withdrawing their pay and travel concessions. Fighting back at British
Airways – airline warned Walsh's slash and burn strategy could destroy
the company .
Unite cabin crew members at British Airways recognise the pressures facing the company in the midst of the current economic crisis. Negotiations have been going on for over a year, but despite cabin crew being asked to make the heftiest sacrifices of all, British Airways continues to provoke cabin crew by imposing changes and refusing to negotiate openly and fairly.
Long Haul Heathrow
thought to be operating at 30% below capacity, 60 flights planned but 22
of these are cargo only including flights to New York, Johanesburg and
Hong Kong, 6 flights were loaded with passengers then unloaded - no crew
- and told to rebook.
again many grounded as BA relying on 8 other operators to carry
passengers, first 5 flights this morning - delayed because of no crew,
flights now flying with reduced crew.
Gatwick - all long haul gone one crew member down, by 9am,
running out of 'volunteer' crew.
BA cabin crew
offered changes to pay and working practices that would have made
savings of more than £100 million for British Airways, but the company
rejected these proposals and repeatedly walked away from talks while
introducing provocative changes.
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