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Very Strange Strike By FA's On My Airline

Mon May 09, 2005 5:25 pm

Two days ago after the compleation of the first leg of a two legged flight,the chief FA came in the cockpit and told to the captain that she has just been informed by the union leaders and they are leaving the airplane since all the staff has started a strike.

Captain said if thats their legal rights they are free to go.The unpleasent thing was they left the airplane with an old couple-which the man was coming back from a hearth surgery- was still on the plane and was waiting for an ambulift to pick him up.But they didnt since they were on strike.Two technicians and I helped him to disembark the airplane stairs.

During the day we waited-as the pilots of the flight- until the end of our legal duty time and as there were nobody to refuel and load our airplane our flight is cancelled.The passengers were trapped on the gate area since they had compleated the passport formalities now they were not allowed to leave the waiting launge.And there were nobody to explain them what was going on.It was totally caos down in the waiting lounge,people were getting angry.

The strike ended 24 hour after it started,many people stranded at the airport.Lots of them missed their connecting flights.

I personally have great respect for everybodies right to ask for their rights but this type of action was a little bit unfair for the passengers.After all they are not the ones responsible for the loss of the workers rights.And definetely the behaivour of my crew to a heart surgery patient was disgusting.I really dont feel good by calling them a part of my crew.Never in my 5 years of airline flying I saw such a thing.Strange but I guess this the way the things go in Cyprus.

Still I hope the best for all the workers who deserve to get the best what for they do.I hope the talks end up in the best way and nobody has to suffer like this again.
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RE: Very Strange Strike By FA's On My Airline

Mon May 09, 2005 6:18 pm

I guess the FAs were fully aware of the patient... was their strike really more important than getting an elderly man off the ac, and then leaving... bad conduct, in my opinion!
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RE: Very Strange Strike By FA's On My Airline

Mon May 09, 2005 8:38 pm

Here in Australia there is a minimum number of cabin crew that must be present if any pax, even one, is onboard. This is usually less than the minimum required to depart. ie. 737, 320 is 3. 717 is 2.

It must be trained cabin crew due to evacuation and refuelling requirements. This is a federal regulation - not just an airline requirment. I assume it is the same in other countries?
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RE: Very Strange Strike By FA's On My Airline

Mon May 09, 2005 8:48 pm

I'm surprised that the FAs did not wait until the Pax were deboarded,or atleast the Ones in bad shape.

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RE: Very Strange Strike By FA's On My Airline

Tue May 10, 2005 12:29 am

This is an issue of personal responsibility. A union has the right to demand things from an employer, but still that doesn't stop those flight attendants from being human. It is extremely cruel to do that to someone. Whatever happened to helping an old lady cross the street?

Many in unions claim that the managers and the employers are the evil ones that are greedy and selfish because they want employees to work for next to nothing to ensure profit. While the managers, affected passengers, and others feel that the union is evil because it is greedy and demanding more money and disrupting life. Labor issues are here to stay, but above all of these, you need to take personal responsibility. Leaving a man incapable of taking care of himself on a plane is the only truly greedy and selfish move here. There might be arguments going back and forth between unions and employers, but to be a truly good person, you have to take pride in yourself, and part of that is treating others as you would want to be treated.
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