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BA Crew Strike Dates Announced  
User currently offlineAlanUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8641 times:

The following dates have been confirmed for the British Airways Cabin Crew strike:

- 0001 on Monday 29th through to 2359 on Wednesday 31st January
- 5th, 6th and 7th February
- 12th, 13th and 14th February

I'm very saddened by this news, which will of course inconvenience a lot of our customers (and me!).

BA will tomorrow announce plans to minimise the impact on passengers.

Regards.

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Quote:

Notification of strike dates by T&G

British Airways has today (Sunday, January 21) been notified by the T&G trade union that it intends to take a series of three 72-hour strikes starting on Monday, January 29.

The move follows the ballot conducted by the T&G’s cabin crew branch, BASSA, and a subsequent breakdown in talks designed to find a solution.

The airline has expressed its disappointment that the T&G cabin crew union has walked away from negotiations.

Simon Talling-Smith, head of inflight service, said: “This direct threat to the travel plans of our customers is unjustified, unnecessary and very bad news.

”Strike action will cause massive disruption and inflict needless damage on our business at a time of unrivalled competition in our cut-throat industry.

“The T&G should cancel its strike plans with immediate effect. Answers to the issues will not be found on the picket line. They can be found around a shared negotiating table.”

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[Edited 2007-01-21 19:59:29]

117 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineChristofferdk From Denmark, joined Jul 2005, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8585 times:

Thats good news for me. I'm flying with BA from Edinburgh to Copenhagen, via LHR the 28th january.

User currently offlineLHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8569 times:

Quoting Christofferdk (Reply 1):
Thats good news for me

Good and bad for me. Flying LGW - AMS on 28th, but flying the same route on Feb 6th. Hopefully they'll sort the situation out before then though, fingers crossed  Wink

JC



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27168 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8550 times:

Doesnt look good at all!!! There seems to be no budging either end!! Passengers suffer again....

It will be interesting to see if they start sacking staff though due to profit loss, i wouldnt put it past WW !!!


User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8497 times:

Quoting AlanUK (Thread starter):
0001 on Monday 29th through to 2359 on Wednesday 31st January
- 5th, 6th and 7th February
- 12th, 13th and 14th February

Well BA is the Airline with most profit , so if they don´t pay enough I think it´s correct to strike .


User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8490 times:

This is horrible news for me. I'm travelling IAD-BOM on January 29, with a restricted-mobility person! Wonderful!


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User currently offlineDjmatthews From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8413 times:

As a democrat and trade unionist myself, I respect the decision of the BA staff, however, personally I'm not a big fan of striking, I believe there are better ways of making a point. A strike will affect revenue, lack of revenue means redundancies and so on….

I really hope the WW and the BA board can sort this out before the strike days.... watch all the other airlines fares hit the roof during this period.


User currently offlineBuckieboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8363 times:

Quoting Christofferdk (Reply 1):
Thats good news for me.

IMHO, you are being selfish here. This is a complex issue that will affect thousands of employees and customers.

BTW, I rarely fly BA these days as they do not serve (when I am in the UK) my local airport, MME. Nevertheless I do not wish BA any harm per se and this is not good news, in my opinion.

Just my  twocents 

Cheers

BB


User currently offlineChristofferDK From Denmark, joined Jul 2005, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8327 times:

Quoting Buckieboy (Reply 7):
Quoting Christofferdk (Reply 1):
Thats good news for me.

IMHO, you are being selfish here. This is a complex issue that will affect thousands of employees and customers.

Indeed it's bad news for all the employees and customers, and I hope that they will sort it out within the next week, but I'm still glad that it wont affect my journey.


User currently offlinePilotRecruit From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8238 times:

I'm flying the 5th YYC to LHR. Is there any speculation as to what they will do for customers affected by the strike dates? Seeing as it's two weeks out, I certainly need to consider rebooking very soon before everything fills up, however, I'm not a rich man and can't afford two tickets if the strike doesn't go through. Any suggestions would be more than appreciated!


"Whether you think you can or you can't, either way you're right." Henry Ford
User currently offlineGeo772 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8193 times:

Quoting Xpat (Reply 5):



Quoting PilotRecruit (Reply 9):

BA will more than likely help out as many passengers as possible by rebooking them or offering refunds or indeed flying them to their destinations as planned.

It should be borne in mind that not all BA cabin crew are members of BASSA (T&G), this means that many, although by no means all flights should operate. Which ones I have no idea though.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27168 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8186 times:

Quoting Xpat (Reply 5):
This is horrible news for me. I'm travelling IAD-BOM on January 29, with a restricted-mobility person! Wonderful!

Contact BA about re booking or policies ASAP!!! Although theres nothing on BA trade website for re booking rules etc.... but I guess the sales team will be working it out tomorrow


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8164 times:

BA has been busy talking to other airlines all last week about potential rebookings in case of the strike, so I don't doubt there is a plan being fertilised in Waterside.

User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4630 posts, RR: 36
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8136 times:

Not only do I feel bad for the customers that will be stranded by this, but I also feel bad for the 4% or so of cabin crew who truly care about the customer and voted against strike action. What will they do during the strike? Will they be operating a few important flights? Or are they forced to cross the picket line?


Kris



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8121 times:

Quoting Geo772 (Reply 10):
It should be borne in mind that not all BA cabin crew are members of BASSA (T&G), this means that many, although by no means all flights should operate

But it remains to be seen if picketing (i.e. striking staff preventing the non-striking staff going to work) rears it ugly head again. It was made illegal under Thatcher's Government, but I would not trust the present Government to enforce the law.

I hope that both sides will come to an agreement before the announced dates. But this is fast becoming unlikely - unions and staff seem to be in a militant mood and Willie Walsh is not prepared to budge. Has WW done anything productive in his first 15 months as head of BA?

 scratchchin 



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8346 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8094 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 4):
Well BA is the Airline with most profit , so if they don´t pay enough I think it´s correct to strike .

It's the profitability that will help take care of pensions and the cost of the new long haul fleet - both of which are important to the union members over the long term. The strike, therefore, is just as big a risk for the union members (especially the less senior) as it is for the company.

People holding tickets for the flights that may be effected should be talking to BA as soon as possible to get changes organized. I have no doubt that BA will work with you without any additional costs.


User currently offlinePilotRecruit From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8068 times:

Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 13):
Will they be operating a few important flights?

I'm curious about this as well. Will they cancel mostly domestic and European routes to keep their more profitable long hauls going? If they are going to be keeping their important routes going, no matter if they're long-haul or shorthaul, I can't see YYC being on that list...

I really hope this can be sorted out, because as many have said, this certainly will not bode well for BA.



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User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8048 times:

Quoting PilotRecruit (Reply 16):
I'm curious about this as well. Will they cancel mostly domestic and European routes to keep their more profitable long hauls going? If they are going to be keeping their important routes going, no matter if they're long-haul or shorthaul, I can't see YYC being on that list...

I really hope this can be sorted out, because as many have said, this certainly will not bode well for BA.

Theay´ll try to keep up some routes like :

LON-FRA ( of the 11xdaily maybe 4-5 )

LON-PAR

LON-JFK

LON-SYD

LON-LAX

LON-JNB

...


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27168 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8048 times:

BA announcement and re book procedures!!!

Following the announcement by the Transport and General Workers Union’s (T&G) cabin crew branch that its members will take industrial action on January 29, 30 and 31; February 5, 6 and 7; and February 12, 13 and 14 we would like to assure our customers that British Airways remains committed to resolving this dispute through continued talks.

The airline will provide further flight information for customers as soon as possible. In the meantime, all British Airways flights continue to operate normally.

We understand that this is an uncertain time for our customers. We would like to reassure all our customers that we are doing everything we can to make sure that disruption is minimised in the event of any industrial action.

We understand that some of our customers who are due to travel between January 29 and February 16 may wish to change their plans now. As a result, we have introduced a policy that enables customers to rebook flights for a different date from today. To do this click here.

If you are unable to make changes to your booking through the link above you can call British Airways or contact your travel agent.

For customers in the UK, call British Airways on 0800 727 800 (freephone)

For customers outside the UK click here for details of your local British Airways call centre.


Answer
In addition to entitlements under the Conditions of Carriage relating to cancellation of a British Airways operated flight, a policy has been put in place outlining the booking change options available to you if you hold a booking and ticket to travel on a British Airways mainline flight between 29 January 2007 and 16 February 2007.

This policy applies to any passenger who holds a booking and ticket on a British Airways operated flight.

You may rebook on a British Airways operated flight subject to availability as outlined below:
- From your original point of departure to your original destination

Conditions:

The change in booking must take place no later than two weeks after the original flight
Travel must be completed within ticket validity or within three months from the original flight, whichever is longer
The return flight, if applicable, can be rebooked at the same time, and no extra fare is payable
Rebooking will be in the original cabin of travel


User currently offlinePilotRecruit From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8040 times:

Quoting PilotRecruit (Reply 16):
I have no doubt that BA will work with you without any additional costs.

The problem with the strike dates from Feb 5th to the 7th is that YYC does not have a flight on the 4th (sunday) meaning I would have to leave on the 3rd (my connecting flight at LHR is on the 7th) leaving me with two additional nights in London, which we all know is not on the list of cheapest places for accomodation. What are the chances of BA being prepared to help me out with something like that?



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User currently offlineGeo772 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8002 times:

Quoting PilotRecruit (Reply 19):

If your onward flight is with BA then you should be able to rebook both at once. However the strike threat may have lifted by then (with a bit of luck).



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User currently offlinePilotRecruit From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 7977 times:

Quoting Geo772 (Reply 20):
If your onward flight is with BA then you should be able to rebook both at once

Unfortunatly I'm connecting to another airline (Emirates) bringing about my concerns...

Quoting Geo772 (Reply 20):
However the strike threat may have lifted by then (with a bit of luck).

I really hope so, but I don't think I should wait until the last minute to make a decision...



"Whether you think you can or you can't, either way you're right." Henry Ford
User currently offlineTonforty From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 7949 times:

I'm flying GLA-LHR-DXB on 8 Feb which is the day after the second strike period. And flying back on 15 Feb which is the day after the third strike period. Does anyone know if there is likely to be major disruption on these days after the strikes? I've never flown in the few days after a strike so i'm unsure myself.

User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 23, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7900 times:

Will this include GB Airways?


Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineTCXDegsy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 518 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7883 times:

This is all very sad. I just hope the Unions appreciate the longer-term risk they put their members to, by risking BA's reputation with it's customers.

I'm not going to go into the whole political and union opinions, but I just worry for the Company's short term financial strength and it's planned capital investment could be placed into jeopardy by this being dragged out.

Having said that, I personally will continue to support my national Flag Carrier, as I feel it continues to have the best product and service for my own needs and preferences.. unless the airline is forced to make drastic changes due to a reversal of fortunes through this whole sorry tale.



next flights: BA1441 0566 0581 1446 EDI-LHR-MXP-LHR-EDI
25 OA260 : From previous experiences there are bound to be knock on affects for at least 24 hours after depending on where A/C and crew are positioned. But mayb
26 Sketty222 : There will for certain be knock-on effects. There are some people still affected by the weather over the Chrsitmas period. They are affected with bag
27 Sketty222 : Are LGW staff going to be affected by the 'Strike Action'? Lee
28 F4phantom : Every year flights with BA are affected by some industrial action or another, whether it be, baggage handlers, in flight catering, check in operations
29 Sketty222 : (They see customer care being cut and the airline's reputation damaged by bungling management) The above is posted by a rep from the BASSA union (sour
30 KLM672 : Good news for me! Flying 20th of March // April 3rd
31 Shamrock_747 : No, not at all. There are proportionally far fewer BASSA members at LGW than LHR, and of those not many are likely to strike. Also, many crew at LGW
32 Wrighbrothers : I won't be flying on those dates, and I fell sorry for those passengers affected. However, on the brighter side, as a spotter, this means more BA heav
33 AF-A319 : With all due respect, I think this strike is totally inappropriate. Your action will put a huge pressure on our customers and the rest of the BA staff
34 PilotRecruit : Is there no chance that the crews will strike away from home (LHR)? And just to make sure I understand you, because there are no flights on the Sunda
35 Daron4000 : Maybe BA will take this time to take all of their longhaul birds out of service and reconfigure them with the New Club World seats! At least then they
36 MMEPHX : Is it August already?
37 Comorin : Does this mean that they will not strike on other dates - I have an LHR-DXB trip on BA 2/9 ret on 2/28 - is it safer to cancel and book on VS/EK? Than
38 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : I think if you have the option to rebook on other airlines then I would. Better to be safe than sorry...and work on those VS tier points Personally I
39 Fly2CHC : They are profitable because they manage their costs well. There isn't much point having an airline which is bleeding, but ensures all their staff are
40 Comorin : Thanks for the heads-up. Well, my tickets on BA are allegedly non-refundable, but I'll call Exec Club tomorrow (when I can get a UK agent) and see if
41 Murrayusa : This is a little of topic, We moved to England in 1977 during James Callaghan era , former Prime Minister of the UK. I remember that when our PAN AM f
42 WJ : I'll tell you who it's good news for: EVERY AIRLINE FLYING THE SAME ROUTES AS BA. That is why I hate trade unions. They think that by burning the vill
43 Planefixer : Crews will not strike away from London, if they are downroute can you imagine BA still paying hotel rooms for them while they strike!!!! If the crew
44 Nbmike : This puts me into a bit of a situation. I am due to travel out to Vancouver on Saturday however I am due to fly back on 6th February one of the strike
45 Flying Belgian : Nowadays, it's BA that has the most cancelled/delayed flights out of BRU. There is always an excuse (or "inconvenience" as they call it...) : fog, win
46 UAL777UK : I think you will find this is already in tatters after the fiasco with the fog and the thousands of bags that "went walkabouts". From speaking to som
47 BCAL : True, but WW inherited a very profitable airline from Eddington, and the results of his first full financial year in charge are not yet available. Wh
48 OA260 : True you will have BA pax maybe alot of corporates that may not have been C class with another airline. If they get a taste of another airline and th
49 Post contains images Jacobin777 : I flew on BA a couple of weeks ago, and the F/A was telling me there was a chance of this also....lots of grumblings..... It seems "The Street" is qu
50 TristarSteve : Basically no. Crews are only trained to operate certain aircraft, and at present BA does not have crews trained in long haul and shorthaul aircraft.
51 StarGoldLHR : Why do people bother with BA... 2006 December 06 Fog, August 06 BAA carry on baggage rules 2005 Food Service Strikes 2003 terror threats at LHR 2002 B
52 Post contains images Jacobin777 : Just goes to show the loyalty BA-pax have... ..but I agree..its getting to be a bit discouraging....I'm a OneWorld Junkie and fly BA from LHR to the
53 Sketty222 : I thought that LGW crew were now operating both longhaul and shorthaul routes? Could be wrong though Lee
54 Tonforty : Come on, you can hardly blame BA for the Fog, BAA baggage rules or the terror threats. These issues affect all carriers at LHR. However, I do agree t
55 BAStew : BA has now invited ACAS, the independent negotiator, to become involved in the dispute. So maybe once we get a few of the egos under control (on both
56 Sketty222 : BAStew, Im not 'anti' BA crew and I have friends who are/were crew with BA so know your not all the same. I work in cBA so have to deal with the mess
57 UAL777UK : You right, but in realtion to the Fog, BA had no contingency plan in place, it was as if they never knew the Fog was coming.......they were a joke!
58 Post contains images BAStew : What contingency plans would you have suggested? Considering your home base is one of the most congested in the world and you have a limited amount o
59 ANother : BA have announced that they are seeking arbitration of the dispute. Can anyone over there explain what this actually means? i.e. Does the Union have t
60 BAStew : Hey ANother, From the ACAS site: We are well known for resolving disputes between groups of employees or workers and their employers. Often the group
61 PilotRecruit : I was just thinking, the 5th is a strike day, so how would the plane get to YYC to pick up the stranded crew? Would BA ferry a plane there to get the
62 UAL777UK : Fantastic response......"a temporary problem".......that has made you look totally disorganised and a complete PR cock up. Knowing that thick fog was
63 Post contains images ANother : Thank you!
64 BAStew : Its a problem of the times UAL. We need to cut costs, what should we do?? Cut our staff numbers to the bone and replace them with technology. Self ch
65 UAL777UK : I hear what you say.......Its a sorry state, I feel sorry for the poor sods taking all the S#@t on the front line while management hide at the HQ's!
66 JPair : I have to travel to the USA early Feb, pretty simple for me, some other airline benefits from a 3000 USD business class ticket. I don't get my BA mile
67 AIR MALTA : Well 3 times 3 days is too much... The Union is going mad... and as somebody pointed out, BA has been lately the airline with most cancelled/delayed f
68 Post contains images BAStew : I agree (and I am a BASSA member). I'm holding out for successful talks between BA and ACAS.
69 Wrighbrothers : As other have said, nope, I doubt BA would pay their expenses, and I doubt they'd want to be away from home too. I think at LHR it's a high percentag
70 Post contains images AA777 : This is terrible news. Im supposed to fly BAH-LHR-IAD on the 30th. -AA777
71 BAStew : No. Both the long-haul and short-haul LHR crews are trained on exactly the same 767's. However, they cannot operate on each others routes (another un
72 Post contains images AIR MALTA : I know a cabin crew member who will call in sick before its flight to BKK-SYD so that he does not get stuck there during the strikes. And I suppose a
73 Post contains images OHLHD : From this : to this. So LH´s 744etc etc at LHR again Go for QR. or EY
74 YULWinterSkies : And the trick is that you don't need any strike to have your bags lost and damaged at Hell-HR, neither your flights delayed. Is there a worse place i
75 Edina : The New Labour government made picketing legal once again, albeit in a much reduced form than pre-Thatcher. Pickets can be no more than 6 people & aw
76 Jamesbaldwyn : I'm flying to Malaga From LGW on the 29th March so its all good for me
77 Bimmerkid19 : Let Lufthansa buy out BA, Lufthansa seems to straighten out things in all the airlines they have taken over thusfar.
78 PanAmOldDC8 : I just hope that both parties come to their senses and get this thing over with, before damage is done to BA. Love flying BA, but will be a bit less
79 Post contains images Ncfc99 : I generally agree with WJ comments about unions. I would love to fly on a plane that carries a large union jack on the tail, but alas they make me ne
80 Sketty222 : It wouldnt surprise me if this actually happened. German companies have started to take-over a lot of prestigious English ones over the last couple o
81 VonRichtofen : Isn't Jaguar owned by Ford?
82 Bimmerkid19 : On a side note.. hasn't Lufthansa talked about buying out part or all of SAS?
83 Post contains links and images Jacobin777 : " BA says union wants days off for cold sores By David Millward, Transport Correspondent Last Updated: 2:31am GMT 23/01/2007 The gulf between British
84 Post contains images AA787823 : Oh great! I was suppose to non rev on BA on 30/1 LHRDUS. I guess I better learn to swim or something.
85 Scotron11 : " BA says union wants days off for cold sores You should listen to the interview given to BBC Radio 4 (It's on their website). Jack Dromey, union neg
86 VonRichtofen : Fly to FRA instead and take LH from there. Kris
87 Post contains images Jacobin777 : 22 sickness days/year? Sounds a bit excessive to me....I see why he never answered.... ..and they should return the £1000 payment if they have alrea
88 LHRjc : Agreed, Fingers crossed this gets sorted out. In the meantime BA have sent me an email; So now it's just sit and wait til the 24th for more info. Dea
89 BCAL : LH, or any foreign airline, would not be allowed to buy BA without considerable changes being made to the company's constitution. For starters, if BA
90 ANother : Not quite so simple. The air services agreement that the UK has with every nation outside of the EU (and NO IS CH) requires that each country's airli
91 TCXDegsy : Even with this explanation, 22 days average is still excessive. This also means there will be lots of individuals with much higher numbers for the ye
92 UAL777UK : I would love to see WW working as a Car Park Attendant for the day, that would be enough to see the strike called off on the basis he did that!!
93 Jacobin777 : I did research in infectious diseases for a decade at a hospital..I worked with enough bacteria daily (both gram negative and positive) to kill thous
94 VV701 : I am certainly not in a position to comment on the justification or otherwise of the strike. I do not know the facts. I do know that strike action is
95 BAStew : AGAIN we are talking about 'averages' here, something can be used very effectively to gain media support from both sides. Lets just add up all the si
96 PanAmOldDC8 : Never had a sick day in my 35 years of working. I think the BA crew have made a big mistake and I think that BA is going to suffer badly from this st
97 BAStew : I can say without guilt nor embarassment that I HAVE been sick off work (and I am no-where near 35 years service into my career). Albeit certainly no
98 BCAL : Perhaps it is not appropriate to compare sick leave between cabin crew and hospital staff. After all, cabin crew's environment is a toothpaste tube,
99 Post contains images Jacobin777 : you would be surprised the amount of "superbugs" in hospitals and the amount of patients dying due to various strains of bacteria in a hospital.... .
100 Scotron11 : AGAIN we are talking about 'averages' here, something can be used very effectively to gain media support from both sides. Lets just add up all the si
101 Comorin : The air in airplanes is actually a lot cleaner than what most of breathe on the ground - germs, pollutants inclusive. Cabin air however has a lower O2
102 Sketty222 : I am managed under this same EG300 process and I agree that sometimes it is mis-managed. In the past some staff members have had there illnesses disc
103 BAStew : THE STRIKE HAS BEEN POSPONED 24 HOURS BY BASSA UNION TO ALLOW LAST DITCH TALKS WITH WALSH.
104 Sketty222 : BA WALK OUT DELAYED BY 24HRS The start of a planned strike by British Airways cabin crew has been postponed for 24 hours, the T&G union has announced.
105 Tonforty : Postponing the strike to allow 24 more hours for talks is very strange. Especially as there are still 5 days to go. I know BA were set to announce can
106 Sketty222 : It looks that way doesnt it Lee
107 BAStew : The first day has been posponed as Willy Walsh wishes to intervene personally for direct talks with the union. Up until now the Director or People/Emp
108 Tonforty : Maybe it's not. I just saw a quote from Willie Walsh on Sky News saying that this is a small step forward. I wonder if this means that the other stri
109 BAStew : I am 99.9% sure that strike dates can't be 'moved' after they have been announced, only cancelled. Gonna try and find this out for sure from BASSA....
110 BCAL : He cannot be involved in every issue at BA, otherwise why do they need all the managers? Delegation is the keyword and the top man normally becomes i
111 BAStew : Hey BCAL, of course, you are right. I was suprised to learn from the BA forum actually that it was the first time a CEO had actually involved himself
112 OA260 : This has been released::: The T&G trade union has cancelled the first day of a planned three-day cabin crew strike due to start on Monday January, 29t
113 Post contains images BAStew : Sorry guys, the last ditch talks have failed. The strike will continue for 48 hours from tuesday 30th, as well as mon/tue/wed for the following two we
114 Post contains images VonRichtofen : So that's it??? There's no other way to avoid a strike? I hope they work something out before hand, I love how every time I get a holiday some Europea
115 PilotRecruit : Yeah you're not kidding...like me! I'm booked on the 5th and this is going to screw me over big time. Especially since they wont' give me the option
116 VonRichtofen : I feel for you. I'm going to Europe on Feb 12th but luckily as an AC employee I can change my plans on a minutes notice if required. But of course I'
117 PilotRecruit : Yeah they should. I know one of the BA managers quite well, so I'm going to head up to the airport and get myself on the re-accomodation list. The 5t
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