fpdonald
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BA Staff Have Threatened To Walk Over A Sausage!

Sun Oct 27, 2002 11:30 pm

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_697724.html?menu=news.quirkies

BA staff walk out over sausage row

Staff at British Airways have threatened to walk out in a row over a sausage.

The row was sparked by a member of the cabin staff offering the left over sausage to one of BA's drivers.

The driver was suspended because according to BA removing the sausage from the plane constituted "theft".

A spokeswoman told The Mail On Sunday: "Our clear policy is that we have a zero-tolerance approach to anyone caught taking any items from our aircraft".

The driver's colleagues refused to work following his suspension. He was eventually reinstated and given a written warning.

"What one staff member may see as acceptable, another staff member may decide to take further and make off with a couple of miniatures of spirits," said the BA spokeswoman.



Wow, have times changed . . . what is happening over there? As UK Cabin Crew, we used to be able to take any and all perishable items. Indeed, it was often a race to see who could fill those cavernous crew bags the fastest. The lemon slices, frozen, worked wonders for a home Gin and Tonic -- and yes, the G&T was company issued. In the late 80s days of Spanish ATC strikes, we would sit for hours on a DC10 which went nowhere, 380 passenger meals were garbage, but to a hungry crew food for a weeks.

Have times really changed so drastically?


 
GDB
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RE: BA Staff Have Threatened To Walk Over A Sausage!

Mon Oct 28, 2002 12:15 am

That's true, NO items from aircraft, too much of more serious stealing has gone on in the past, so it's 'Zero Tolerance' now.
Is it over the top? Probably.
Or even workable? Probably not.

But typical media, the headline should have been something like 'a few BA staff in dispute over taking food from aircraft'.

We won't walk over a sausage, but if they tried, like many other UK companies lately, to mess with our pensions, we would, and all the pilots would be the first to walk out.
 
411A
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RE: BA Staff Have Threatened To Walk Over A Sausage!

Mon Oct 28, 2002 1:08 am

...and if all the pilots walked out enmass, they could, in todays market, be easily replaced, with minimal disruption to schecules.
Management pilots...man the planes.
HR department, go into high gear a sift thru those CV's, times a 'wastin !

...and not to forget the training department, all leaves cancelled, training 'round the clock from now on...

Thats WHY they don't "walk"  Big grin
 
GDB
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RE: BA Staff Have Threatened To Walk Over A Sausage!

Mon Oct 28, 2002 1:43 am

Don't you believe it, there's not a huge abundance of pilots in the UK sitting around looking for work.
Management pilots? That's maybe a dozen flights away.
But it's a hypothetical, I was just illustrating a point, most BA staff don't just walk out over trivia as the article's title implied, but there is one issue that would empty the airline.
I don't think Eddington's that stupid, if Alying was still around however.....!
 
411A
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RE: BA Staff Have Threatened To Walk Over A Sausage!

Mon Oct 28, 2002 1:58 pm

Perhaps not in the UK, GDB, but there's aplenty in eastern Europe, and most have JAR licenses nowadays...and with the proper paperwork, right of abode can be easily arranged.
 
Snoopy
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RE: BA Staff Have Threatened To Walk Over A Sausage!

Mon Oct 28, 2002 2:23 pm

"but there's aplenty in eastern Europe"

Yep, and if IIRC that's where a lot of Crossair's pilots came from and they were cited as being one of the main factors in the deterioration of the airline's safety record.

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