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BA Strike Again - Why I Fly AA And EasyJet  
User currently offlineRwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5882 times:

Why do BA staff insist on destroying a truly great airline?

BA staff have gone on strike so much in the last couple of years, I am not prepared to take the risk anymore when booking flights.

I travel a lot around Europe on business and the US for business and pleasure, and as a result I always fly now on EasyJet short haul and American Airlines from LHR to the US. EasyJet staff are always happy - and American Airlines staff just get on with it, knowing they need to do their best to save the airline and preserve their jobs.

Why don't BA staff recognise that striking is hurting the business on the day they strike in lost revenue, but also in permanantly pushing people away in the long run? Doing everything they can to improve profitability will enable the airline to provide job satisfaction and improve benefits. Stiking will hurt the airline, and they will complain even more when they are being made redundant as a result of their actions.

Thoughts?

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User currently offlineKretek From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5857 times:

I decided this a long time ago. I just find BA and LHR unreliable, too prone to incidents whether they are strikes or threats. And you don't want to be stuck in a hell-hole like LHR. I have avoided BA and LHR as much as possible. I now fly from Bristol which is much more convenient and less hassles, either with Easyjet or KLM.
Furthermore, Amsterdam Schiphol is such a pleasure to transit at!


User currently offlineSam1987 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 946 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5827 times:

I think the acts of the Transport and General Workers' Union is quite frankly wrong. Striking is incredibly selfish.

They should sort it out sensibly - by negotiating round a table. If they are not happy with their working conditions (which aren't actually that bad) then they should go and work for a different airline. BA is a world class airline and the employees should be more grateful for the privileges they receive.

BA's reputation gets badly damaged by such acts so, in the long term, cabin crew may be shooting themselves in the foot.



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User currently offlinePanAmOldDC8 From Barbados, joined Dec 2006, 960 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5828 times:

Quoting Rwylie77 (Thread starter):
Stiking will hurt the airline, and they will complain even more when they are being made redundant as a result of their actions.

Couldn't agree with you more. Seen too many airlines go down, due to strikes etc. BA is no different.I would hate to see BA (BOAC, Better On A Camel, just using the old nickname) go down the tubes. I say to both sides end it now before disaster strikes you all down, they are airlines out there just waiting to snap up your routes



Barbados, CWC soon, can't wait
User currently offlineANother From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5825 times:

Even at the 'best of times' LHR and BA are unreliable. We flew into LHR yesterday morning. Parked at a remote stand ... no-body to drive the stairs to the aircraft. Captain tried to joke it off, suggested we sit down because it could take 5 minutes, it took 10.

Oh, could you kindly wait for a couple more minutes please? The buses haven't arrived, another 10 mins.

On the buses, have to drive all the way to the end of T4 before we can turn around and drive half way back. But we get into a queue at the end. At least another 8 or 9 buses ahead of us. Another 15 mins.

Not much of a queue at immigration, but another 15 mins. Didn't check a bag, so didn't have to wait for that. Over an hour between landing and leaving the terminal.

And you know what, besides the Captain nobody seemed to care - this was just 'normal'.


User currently offlineEGBJ From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 498 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5789 times:

The costs in lost revenue from these strikes will be less that what it will cost BA in the long run if they give into the requests......

User currently offlineARGinLON From Vatican City, joined Jun 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5764 times:

Quoting Rwylie77 (Thread starter):
I travel a lot around Europe on business and the US for business and pleasure, and as a result I always fly now on EasyJet short haul and American Airlines from LHR to the US. EasyJet staff are always happy - and American Airlines staff just get on with it, knowing they need to do their best to save the airline and preserve their jobs

Sure, it's annoying going through a strike as a passenger but the service on BA (at least in my opinion) is way better than AA and/or U2. They don't come even close to BA's standard.

I won't touch the strike issue because I agree with you but in terms of service/product I will stick with BA 100%

AA has tons of labour issues with its pilots. In fact, this was probably the reason why they dind't get the China rights two weeks ago.


User currently offlineCainanuk From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 551 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5735 times:

Quoting Rwylie77 (Thread starter):
Why do BA staff insist on destroying a truly great airline?

Why do BA insist on shitting on their staff and continually changing their conditions to be worse that they were? Why should the BA Cabin Crew and other staff continually put up with it?

Quoting Sam1987 (Reply 2):
I think the acts of the Transport and General Workers' Union is quite frankly wrong. Striking is incredibly selfish.

And so is forcing sick workers to come and work. What is selfish about a group of employees, united as one standing up to fat cat management and saying "NO!! WE WON'T TAKE THAT ANYMORE!!" If it was one or a few individuals striking then yeah. In this case over 9000 staff were balloted and less that 50 people voted aginst strike action. Sounds to me like fundamental flaw in the way the business is being run.

Quoting Sam1987 (Reply 2):
They should sort it out sensibly - by negotiating round a table. If they are not happy with their working conditions (which aren't actually that bad) then they should go and work for a different airline. BA is a world class airline and the employees should be more grateful for the privileges they receive.

Now no offense intended here but you have not a lot of life experience or work experience behind you. I am not a BA staff member. I in fact work for a competing airline, but, I too am a trade unionist and I know a lot of these folks and I can assure you they dont fancy walking a picket line. The vast majority of these staff have families to feed, mortgages to pay etc etc... BA continues to erode their compensation package by continually felching the pension fund that many staff have paid into for years and will see little if any return on. The BA staff are tired of trying to talk sensibly. What would you know about BA's working conditions? There is more to conditions than concessions and free or cheap flights. Furthermore, what other airline would you reccomend a 15-20 year senior crew member just drop trou and go work for? I think that Willie "The Chopper" Walsh has wrecked any goodwill the employees had. BA may have once been world class but hey, the PanAm staff all thought their company was world class too. Where did that get them?



Cainan Cornelius
User currently offlineRwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5717 times:

Quoting ARGinLON (Reply 6):
AA has tons of labour issues with its pilots. In fact, this was probably the reason why they dind't get the China rights two weeks ago.

I don't ever fly from the US to China, so not too upset about that. But more importantly, the AA pilots do not go on strike even, as you say, when they have "tons of labour issues" - they look for other ways to resolve the issue that won't damage the airline that feeds them.

Quoting ARGinLON (Reply 6):
Sure, it's annoying going through a strike as a passenger but the service on BA (at least in my opinion) is way better than AA and/or U2. They don't come even close to BA's standard.

Yes the service is better on BA, but at the end of the day, I would rather be on a plane that gets where I want to go and on time, and just have average service. Yes I complain to my wife all the time when the AA cabin crew are unhelpful and make you feel in the way, but at least I know they will get me there and I won't have to hang around in a tent for two days at LHR due to a sudden strike.

Quoting EGBJ (Reply 5):
The costs in lost revenue from these strikes will be less that what it will cost BA in the long run if they give into the requests......

Yes, exactly why BA should not give in! But why should BA even consider giving into requests from staff? If they did, they would be getting requests every week from their staff demanding more money! And the staff do very well anyway! As for sick days, I have not taken a day off sick in five years, and BA staff are complaining about only being allowed 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The staff should just get on with working hard and not striking - if they had done this, there would not have been such a hole in their pension for example. If they had not gone on the wild cat strikes last year, all of a sudden there is another £100million that could have gone into the pension plan. Everybody at BA needs to recognise that if the business is successful, everybody will have a big pension, job security and the ability to see earnings grow. Damaging their business does the opposite.


User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5715 times:

Quoting Cainanuk (Reply 7):
And so is forcing sick workers to come and work

Why should 12 days a year sick be acceptable? Its taking the piss.


User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5692 times:

To add to my previous post -

CBI figures for 2006 show an average absenteeism rate in the private sector of about 6 days.

For 2004 it was 7.2 days.

Now tell me BA staff arent taking the piss?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5052160.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4045221.stm
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=722742006

[Edited 2007-01-25 16:10:37]

User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3596 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5651 times:

Quoting Cainanuk (Reply 7):
Why do BA insist on shitting on their staff and continually changing their conditions to be worse that they were? Why should the BA Cabin Crew and other staff continually put up with it?

As I read it the employees agreed to the new sickness terms, and were paid a one off £1000 in exchange for this.
Now they want certain ailments to be exempt from the 12 days; these including colds and ingrowing toenails.

Are they proposing to hand back the £1000 ?

Sickness is sickness, how can you make a distinction ?.

In my experience, there is usually no quibble from management regarding serious illness, as its usually fairly obvious that the employee has the condition, and that they are unfit for work.

The problem is normally with the quick illnesses (coughs, colds bit of back strain etc) for which staff take a few days off. With these the member of staff shows no symptoms prior to taking the time off, and shows no symptoms on returning.

Its a known fact that a proportion of employees in most organisations take advantage of this to secure extra leave, and management normally monitor this to ensure that it doesn't get out of hand.

It is interesting that its precisely these short illnesses that the union wants to exempt from the calculations.

Obviously BASSA wants them exempted because they feel that BA is accusing the staff of skiving, and BA wants them included because they think the staff are skiving. Thus it could be said that both BA and BASSA are in agreement !!!!


User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2091 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5625 times:

Got to agree, TGWU are taking the p*ss. Before this new absence regime (Which has been in place 18 months) the average amount of time off sick for a BA worker was 22 days! It's now down to 12, still way above the average. And TGWU want certain conditions 'exempted' from being classed as requiring taking sick leave, including ingrowing toenails and Conjunctivitis. Sorry, why should that be? I work on the railways, I come into contact with hundreds of people daily (More than cabin crew will), I have a safety critical role to perform, yet if I go sick I still expect to be subject to my company's sickness policy. I've no sympathy with them over this, nor the separate disgruntlement over pensions where they want to reture in their 50s still. Sorry, it's not an option anymore.

But hey, strike, damage your company's reputation yet again. Put people off booking with you. A few more of these three day strikes and wonder why loads - and yields - are down in the coming months as families don't want their holidays disrupted, as bussiness people don't want to risk missing that meeting or conferance.

I also can't help noticing it's TGWU involved again. They were involved in the Air Gourmet dispute, which spilled over into the wildcat strike by BA groundstaff in 'sympathy'.

If someone is legitimately ill, and they feel pressured into comoing to work, they should refuse. Get the Union involved at the Return to work stage if they feel they've a grievance, complain about individuals. If it's valid, tackle it that way. Don't shaft the people who pay your wages, because frankly there is little sympathy for you out there.



Let's Go British Caledonian!
User currently offlineSam1987 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 946 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5605 times:

Quoting Cainanuk (Reply 7):
In this case over 9000 staff were balloted and less that 50 people voted aginst strike action.

What is the total number of cabin crew who work for BA?

I wonder how many of the 8,500 were pressured.

Quoting Cainanuk (Reply 7):
What would you know about BA's working conditions?

Not much. But I do know that striking is selfish in whatever circumstances.

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 9):
Why should 12 days a year sick be acceptable?



Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 12):
It's now down to 12, still way above the average.



Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 12):
the average amount of time off sick for a BA worker was 22 days! It's now down to 12, still way above the average.

Correct.



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User currently offlineRwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5590 times:

Quoting Cainanuk (Reply 7):
BA may have once been world class but hey, the PanAm staff all thought their company was world class too. Where did that get them?

Exactly...bankrupt. And BA could easily join them if their staff constantly follow their unions advice. All unions do is destroy businesses who are feeding their members - unions should recognise that their members will get more from their company if their company is successful.


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5569 times:

Please stop generalise by saying "BA staff" it is one section of the airline not all, judging by staff reaction to the strike action outside the cabin crew bubble they are as annoyed, frustrated and unhappy as the poor passengers who are inconvenienced by this action.

User currently offlineRwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5543 times:

Quoting LGW (Reply 15):
Please stop generalise by saying "BA staff" it is one section of the airline not all, judging by staff reaction to the strike action outside the cabin crew bubble they are as annoyed, frustrated and unhappy as the poor passengers who are inconvenienced by this action.

Very valid point, I apologise for my generalisation earlier to all of those non-cabin crew staff.


User currently offlineCainanuk From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 551 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days ago) and read 5443 times:

I too apologize but I find it laughable that some teenager is on here preaching to me how I am a big bad trade unionist and that employees should just let their employers roll them. Come see me in a few years Junior when you have hungry mouths to feed and a mortgage to pay. I am not saying that every thing that the BASSA members are complaining about is righteous and the amount of sick days is possibly taking the piss, but, collective bargaining ensures that those who actually work for the profits at least have a fighting chance of getting their fair share!


Cainan Cornelius
User currently offlinePanAmOldDC8 From Barbados, joined Dec 2006, 960 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days ago) and read 5383 times:

Quoting Cainanuk (Reply 17):
too apologize but I find it laughable that some teenager is on here preaching to me how I am a big bad trade unionist and that employees should just let their employers

Again Ithink that even though you might disagree with the teenager, he might have some valid points. Been in many union negotiations, have been in many strikes as management and had to listen to many union complaints, guess I am just old fashioned, if we can't reach an agreement that is satisfactory to all go on strike. I will be waiting when you come back if there is still a business open and you will be damn sure that I will follow the contract to the letter of the law, no time off to do anything, no leaving early even if there is nothing to do and I will find something so I can fire the person that cause the problem. There are two sides to every coin, but you have not seen my other side until you push my buttons. Just hope the Ba can stand the strike and will recover



Barbados, CWC soon, can't wait
User currently offlineCainanuk From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 551 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days ago) and read 5331 times:

Well, as I stated before, I do NOT work for BA. I just sympathize with them and can understand their points.


Cainan Cornelius
User currently offlineRwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days ago) and read 5292 times:

Quoting Cainanuk (Reply 17):
I too apologize but I find it laughable that some teenager is on here preaching to me how I am a big bad trade unionist and that employees should just let their employers roll them. Come see me in a few years Junior when you have hungry mouths to feed and a mortgage to pay. I am not saying that every thing that the BASSA members are complaining about is righteous and the amount of sick days is possibly taking the piss, but, collective bargaining ensures that those who actually work for the profits at least have a fighting chance of getting their fair share!

Not sure if you were referring to me, but I am not a teenager, I am 30 with a wife and children to feed, and a hefty mortgage associated with living in the south east of England. I pay by bills by ensuring I am working for a company I have confidence will be a success and will pay me fairly. If I was unsure of these factors, I would look for a job elsewhere with a company I felt secure with - going on strike is the last thing I would do. I also buy shares in the company I work for, further enhancing my ability to get a fair share of any profits generated through my and others hard work. Accept that capitalism works, and work with the system, and you will be rewarded.


User currently offlineSam1987 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 946 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5192 times:

Interesting point raised on the BBC News website (http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?threadID=5392&start=0&&&edition=1&ttl=20070125192015)

"I am a BA crew member. I and the majority of my colleagues would prefer a negotiated settlement to this dispute".



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User currently offlineChristopherwoo From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5158 times:

Quoting Rwylie77 (Thread starter):
EasyJet staff are always happy

Thanks! we do our best!

Quoting ANother (Reply 4):
no-body to drive the stairs to the aircraft. Captain tried to joke it off, suggested we sit down because it could take 5 minutes, it took 10.

Oh, could you kindly wait for a couple more minutes please? The buses haven't arrived, another 10 mins.

On the buses, have to drive all the way to the end of T4 before we can turn around and drive half way back. But we get into a queue at the end. At least another 8 or 9 buses ahead of us. Another 15 mins.

Not much of a queue at immigration, but another 15 mins. Didn't check a bag, so didn't have to wait for that. Over an hour between landing and leaving the terminal.

And you know what, besides the Captain nobody seemed to care - this was just 'normal'.

But that happens with any airline! It very much depends what airport you're at. Easyjet use serviceair and they do their best but sometimes delays happen where there has been a breakdown in communication or just another problem! it has nothing to do with the airline! Its just part of air travel. It happens. Especially at places like Heathrow and Gatwick!  Smile believe me i know!

Quoting Rwylie77 (Reply 8):
I have not taken a day off sick in five years, and BA staff are complaining about only being allowed 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 9):
Why should 12 days a year sick be acceptable? Its taking the piss.

You have to remember that operating as Cabincrew, is a very different job from any others on the ground. If you have a cold, you will still come into work if you work on the ground. When you work in the air, blocked ears can end your career and can put you in agony! Any effect of illness that you have is multiplied in effect several times when at 39,000 ft! Thats why Cabincrew sick days are more than many.


User currently offlineBAStew From Australia, joined Sep 2006, 1028 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5147 times:

Quoting Rwylie77 (Reply 8):
Quoting EGBJ (Reply 5):
The costs in lost revenue from these strikes will be less that what it will cost BA in the long run if they give into the requests......

Yes, exactly why BA should not give in! But why should BA even consider giving into requests from staff? If they did, they would be getting requests every week from their staff demanding more money! And the staff do very well anyway! As for sick days, I have not taken a day off sick in five years, and BA staff are complaining about only being allowed 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The costing that was made by an independent accountancy firm for the BASSA union in regards to their demand was £10m p.a.


User currently offlineANother From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5121 times:

Quoting Christopherwoo (Reply 22):
But that happens with any airline! It very much depends what airport you're at. Easyjet use serviceair and they do their best but sometimes delays happen where there has been a breakdown in communication or just another problem! it has nothing to do with the airline! Its just part of air travel. It happens. Especially at places like Heathrow and Gatwick!   believe me i know!

No, I don't think so. It was the whole attitude. The 'stair driver' didn't hustle, he sorta wandered over from somewhere. As I say it was the attitude, nobody cared less, nobody wanted to take responsibility, to take ownership and get the problems sorted out.

No, I'm going to try other hubs - off to Singapore week after next and have booked AF. Will try star as well before deciding who to give my business to.


25 Christopherwoo : He's a ground service man, Nothing to do with BA!! Im easyjet, i'm not defending them without reason! but it annoys me when people come on and compla
26 Sketty222 : A very valid point. My colleagues and I are as frustrated as our passengers and are trying everything we can to help them out. I just hope the crew r
27 Post contains images PilotRecruit : I find it amazing that they are willing to gamble their jobs on a few things which will make their jobs marginally better. I've never seen so many pe
28 Jacobin777 : It already has for me at least..I stopped flying BA for many years and just started a few weeks ago..but I'm just about sure my next J-class ticket i
29 Post contains images Gh123 : Well I think that an average of 22 days of sick leave is the staff shitting on British Airways. It is pathetic. BA isn't a charity, it is a company.
30 FlyCaledonian : Interesting article in yesterdays Financial Times where an analyist said BA Cabin Crew should do a simple test. Ask themselves if they can spell "PanA
31 Post contains images VonRichtofen : Gee, I wish I'd get a £1000 ($2300 CAD) bonus for "only" calling in sick 12 days or less per year Kris
32 Albird87 : Hah tell that to me when i had to re-book completely to get from EDI-GCM when my origional routeing of AA was (BA, EDI-LHR, AA LHR-MIA-GCM) and to ge
33 BCAL : The whole episode of BA cabin crews’ strike action, and union intervention, takes me back to the pre-Thatcher days when unions ruled the country. Af
34 Bongodog1964 : I understand from a recent newspaper article that all new BA staff (including Willie Walsh) are part of the latest money purchase pension scheme, whi
35 Challiday : Kind of a mixed post for the topic but I'm going to post it anyway - just because I can... :P I kind of agree, however, I don't know the complete ins
36 AJMIA : How many sick days do they currently get a year? I accrue five sick days per year at AA. If I do not use them, I bank them. I had spine surgery in 20
37 Post contains images Scbriml : Then why did the majority vote in favour of a strike?
38 PanAmOldDC8 : I managed Hotels for 35 years and we didn't have the people with us for 10-15 hours, we usually had them for 14 to 21 days and I know what dealing wi
39 777STL : In all fairness, I've had an identical experience with Easyjet at LGW...
40 TheSorcerer : I think that's quite a good point, unfortunately it hasn't been adressed by any of the other posters. My thoughts exactly. Dominic
41 BCAL : Maybe a very quick history lesson on union power might help? In a nutshell, some union bosses, or employees who are in favour of strike action, can r
42 Post contains images Gkirk : Stop calling them BA! Their real name is LA (London Airways)
43 Post contains images Scbriml : Thanks, but it's not necessary. I worked at BA though the worst union-dominated times in the mid 70s. Yes, in the old days it took a brave person to
44 RB211-524H : There goes my chance of getting a not-overcrowded flight on Tuesday - BA now has to scramble to pay up big to QF, CX and probably VS to rebook all the
45 Sketty222 : BA are rebooking passengers who's flights have been cancelled on 30/31 January onto a lot of different airlines. Of course the One World carriers are
46 LHR777 : Actually, everything to do with BA. The so-called "ground service man" is a BA employee, in a BA uniform. Just because EasyJet don't do their own gro
47 Varig_dc10 : On Tuesday I'm flying back to the NCL from JNB. It will be the eigth return trip I will have done on that route in the last eighteen months. Four of w
48 Sketty222 : BA Cabin Crew strikes called off!!!!! Lee
49 RichardPrice : If its the miners strike you are referring to - not a good advert for unions here, since it was 100% illegal (no vote was called by the miners union,
50 SkidMarque : Why don't you grow up !
51 Post contains links Jacobin777 : Here is something telling.. "Walsh cut sick leave for cabin crew members to 12 days from 25 days a year. The average sick leave for flight attendants
52 Gh123 : Exactly, my thoughts also. Personally I think that it a ******* disgrace!
53 Rwylie77 : Just look at what striking has done to Alitalia...
54 Rwylie77 : Why strikes or threat of, kills airlines...£80 million hit this month for BA plus damaged reputation. Do BA cabin crew want the airline to head in th
55 Post contains images LGW : Very frustrating, all we can hope is that strike action, or threat of doesn't rear it's ugly head again and the airline can move forward; aviation is
56 Post contains images RichardPrice : The pilots are next Then the baggage handlers....
57 LGW : Oh don't! Having read the cost cuts Willie wants to push ahead (rightly so) there are still troubled waters ahead at BA, that's for sure. The axe man
58 Starrion : 25 days!!??! Even 12 sick days is generous. Is that on top of vacation and holidays? My company in the US (270,000 people) the standard benefit is 10
59 Varig_dc10 : Gkirk, I think you've got at bite, reel him in! varig_dc10
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