I know this, a vast majority of BA
employees want the strikers sacked.
Incoming CEO Willie Walsh has been told this to his face by the many staff who had volunteered to help end the mess this strike caused.
His reply was "I understand, it's not quite that simple, but action will be taken".
I reckon Rod is going to leave it for to Willie to sort out, if Walsh wants the loyalty of everyone except the 1000 or so who did walk out (accepting some of those might well have been bullied into doing so), then he will at least sack those who instigated it, punish by lack of bonus payments (which they've greatly jeopardized by their actions) and staff travel concessions being removed.
However, getting air-side passes, with all the red tape and lengthy criminal records checks, takes a long time, but BA
should quietly, start recruiting now.
Most staff want the strikers gone, BA
management have been told that in no uncertain terms.
Plus there is the issue of a new catering contractor to sort out, no one company at LHR
's capacity no one company can supply BA
If it were me, I'd have BA
buy the GG
facility at LHR
back, at a knock-down price that their impending bankruptcy might allow, new staff, (who'll be pleased to work at BA
, with all the advantages this brings), to man it.
It would cost, but how much have recent events cost BA
, who cannot afford any kind of repetition?
A twin track approach then, secure an in house LHR
catering supply, punish those at BA
who walked out, and if the Transport & General Workers Union don't like it, well remind them that no one thinks that these strikers walked out without at least some Shop Stewards on the ground instigating it, mavericks maybe, breaking their own Union rules, but that might not stop the T&G being liable.
employees have already said they are canceling their T&G membership in protest at this strike, it's not just amongst the strikers that feelings are running high right now).