Votes British Airways Cabin Crew To Go On Strike
March 14, 2010 -
The British Airways’ Flight Attendants association, Unite has called on a strike for
March 20, 21 and 22 and further on March 27, 28, 29 and 30. Unite states
their members will not strike over the Easter period. However, further
strike actions will take place after April 14th unless British Airways
and Unite can come to an agreement.
management turned down a remarkable offer from the union which would
have given the company everything it said it wanted while also meeting
our members’ concerns….. “These have been very difficult negotiations –
unnecessarily so, in my view.
I represent a workforce which has repeatedly made it clear that
it is proud of its company and prepared to make extraordinary sacrifices
to see it succeed. The customers they care for have always been at the
forefront of their concerns.
“We have been faced with a management which at times has almost seemed to want a dispute. Every time talks appeared to make progress, the chief executive or another senior manager has popped up making public statements designed to inflame the situation. This has led to the view that BA management’s real agenda is destroying trade unionism among its employees...The company contests our calculations, but quibbles over the precise costing of our concessions pale into insignificance compared to the losses that BA will sustain in the event of an industrial dispute”. Said Len McCluskey spokes person for Unite.
British Airways has reported they are extremely disappointed that Unite had announced plans for massive disruption for hundreds of thousands of British Airways customers in the run-up to the Easter holidays.
“Unite’s action has no shred of justification. British Airways’ crews
are rightly renowned for their professionalism and skills. Our entire
package for crew recognizes that and is reasonable and fair…… To date
all proposals put forward by Unite fall significantly short of saving
£60m a year....British Airways is facing two years of record financial
losses. Unlike other businesses, we have avoided compulsory redundancies
and made changes designed to secure a long-term future for our company
and our staff. Cabin crew face no pay cut or reduction in terms and
conditions – and remain the best rewarded in the
“For months, Unite has been claiming that we breached individual crew members’ contracts by making minor changes to onboard crew numbers on flights from Heathrow. We have always said this claim was false. Last month, the High Court ruled that the changes were valid and reasonable. The changes save us more than £60m a year. We have made clear we would consider refinements of the changes, provided any additional cost was offset by other adjustments in the cabin crew budget.
Should a strike
take place, we will do everything we can to protect our customers’
travel plans as far as possible. We plan to operate all British Airways’
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