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BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 3:57 am

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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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]
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:10 am

Thats good news for me. I'm flying with BA from Edinburgh to Copenhagen, via LHR the 28th january.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:13 am

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

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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:17 am

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 !!!
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:27 am

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 .
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:28 am

This is horrible news for me. I'm travelling IAD-BOM on January 29, with a restricted-mobility person! Wonderful!
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:47 am

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.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:58 am

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 

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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:06 am

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.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:27 am

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!
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:35 am

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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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:36 am

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
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:40 am

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.
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:47 am

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?


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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:49 am

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?

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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:52 am

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.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:58 am

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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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:03 am

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

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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:03 am

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.


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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
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:04 am

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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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:16 am

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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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:21 am

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...
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:27 am

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.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:38 am

Will this include GB Airways?
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:42 am

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.
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:43 am

Quoting Tonforty (Reply 22):
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.

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 maybe it will be different this time. I would try to take another carrier if possible.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:05 am

Quoting Tonforty (Reply 22):
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.

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 baggage only but it means that a knock-on will happen
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:07 am

Are LGW staff going to be affected by the 'Strike Action'?

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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:28 am

Every year flights with BA are affected by some industrial action or another, whether it be, baggage handlers, in flight catering, check in operations , the list goes on. We save hard for our trips only to be put in jeopardy through strikes.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:30 am

(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 (source BBC news

The only bungling people I can see here are BA crew

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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:31 am

Good news for me! Flying 20th of March // April 3rd
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:36 am

Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 23):
Will this include GB Airways?

No, not at all.

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 27):
Are LGW staff going to be affected by the 'Strike Action'?

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 literally couldn't afford to strike.

I wouldn't be surprised if some LGW crews are sent to operate 777s out of LHR during the strike. This would be much to the annoyance of BASSA, as they would flying with just two senior crew members (as opposed to the usual four at LHR) and an hourly rate.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:36 am

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 heavies hanging around....

Quoting BCAL (Reply 14):
Willie Walsh is not prepared to budge. Has WW done anything productive in his first 15 months as head of BA?

Well, productive...maybe, BA is now one of the (if not the) most profitable airline in the world

Quoting PilotRecruit (Reply 16):
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 short haul, I can't see YYC being on that list...

I'd guess BA will cancel most if not all Domestic and most European flights, along with 'thin' long-haul routes, or those with multiple frequencies, since this would put less strain on their limited crew numbers.
I'd guess they'll keep key routes like CDG, FRA, JFK, HKG etc open as best they can, and to places where BA have crew bases.
Also, don't forget that the cabin crew are only going on strike once they get back to LHR, so the return flights won't be affected at first.

Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 23):
Will this include GB Airways?

I don't think so, neither will the majority if not any BMED or BA subsidiary airline flights be affected. The main strike is at LHR by mainline staff.

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 27):
Are LGW staff going to be affected by the 'Strike Action'?

Again, most LGW crew won't be, since they aren't represented by BASSA or aren't supporting the strike.

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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:53 am

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:

-people's vacation will be ruined
-check-in agents will be insulted
-NAPS members can expect to see BA's proposal reduced (by reducing BA's cash position)
-all of us can wave goodbye to our bonus!

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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:55 am

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 32):
Also, don't forget that the cabin crew are only going on strike once they get back to LHR, so the return flights won't be affected at first.

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 Sunday into YYC, when the plane comes in on Monday the crew who flew in on Saturday will crew the flight back because Monday the 5th is the first day of striking?

How many of BA's cabin crew are belong to BASSA?
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:36 am

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 could claim the fastest roll-out of a new international product ever. Haha just wishful thinking though.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:47 am

Is it August already?
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:01 pm

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?

Thanks
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:08 pm

Quoting Comorin (Reply 37):
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?

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  Wink

Personally I've got four flights on BA over the next week and the last couple of weeks have been tense time for me figuring out whether or not I'll be affected. The last of my flights falls on Sunday 28th, the day before the first strike. I expect it'll be slam packed with rebooked people from the Mon/Tue/Wed disruption...
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:35 pm

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 .

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 paid top dollar. If the cabin crew (or tech crew for that matter) don't like their package, then leave! Plenty of Middle Eastern carriers who would probably take them on.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:56 pm

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 38):
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 Wink

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 I can cancel. It's part of a larger itinerary, and I don't want to miss my Arabian Night stopover in Dubai!
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:58 pm

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 flight landed from SFO that we had to wait for a couple of hours for the gate to be connected to the plane. This was due to some major strike. God bless my mother who was dealing with a 7, 11 and 15 year old with no husband aboard. My dad was waiting for us inside the airport.

When strikes happen in places like London Airports things get pretty crazy. At least people have the option of using the EuroStar these days. I always think of the stress it causes customers when the strikes occur. Hopefully BA will get it worked out.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:11 pm

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 village they are going to save it. BA is making money? Great! Let's go and ruin that by driving thousands of people away. Do you think that BA executives are going to hurt in the pocketbook because of this? No! It's the everyday hourly worker who depends on this job for their everyday life. I hope that T&G will realize the type of damage they are causing by using these old world tactics that have no room in modern business. You don't like what you get paid, leave! Find another job! don't sacrifice your livelyhood and those of your co-workers because you are upset about raises.

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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:41 pm

Quoting PilotRecruit (Reply 34):
Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 32):
Also, don't forget that the cabin crew are only going on strike once they get back to LHR, so the return flights won't be affected at first.

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 Sunday into YYC, when the plane comes in on Monday the crew who flew in on Saturday will crew the flight back because Monday the 5th is the first day of striking?

How many of BA's cabin crew are belong to BASSA?

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 are moaning about low pay and allowances how will they afford to pay hotels out of their own pocket?

Crew strike = flights grounded = lost revenue = cut backs = job losses.......BA dont need to sack anybody, just let the cabin crew bury the airline themselves.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:45 pm

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 dates.

Should I try cancelling my return flight and rebook on Air Canada or can BA do this for me? I contacted my tour company and they did not know what to do.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:52 pm

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, wind, terror, now we can add strikes.


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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:40 pm

Quoting TCXDegsy (Reply 24):
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 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 some friends who are flight attendants at BA, this strike has been on the cards for some time.
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:48 pm

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 32):
BA is now one of the (if not the) most profitable airline in the world

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. What with all the additional expenditure incurred by the post July security scare etc, the cash injection into the pension funds, the cost of the fog and baggage chaos, and the soon-to-be-announce billion pound expenditure on new aircraft and cost of the strike action, it remains to be seen what sort of profit BA makes in the full financial year.
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:18 pm

Quoting WJ (Reply 42):
I'll tell you who it's good news for:

EVERY AIRLINE FLYING THE SAME ROUTES AS BA.

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 they like the product they may decide to switch all their flights!!

Quoting AF-A319 (Reply 33):
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:

Thats what the cabin crew want !!! Maximum impact!!!
 
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RE: BA Crew Strike Dates Announced

Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:46 pm

Quoting UAL777UK (Reply 46):

From speaking to some friends who are flight attendants at BA, this strike has been on the cards for some time.

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.....

Quoting BCAL (Reply 47):
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. What with all the additional expenditure incurred by the post July security scare etc, the cash injection into the pension funds, the cost of the fog and baggage chaos, and the soon-to-be-announce billion pound expenditure on new aircraft and cost of the strike action, it remains to be seen what sort of profit BA makes in the full financial year.

It seems "The Street" is quite sanguine on BA... yes 

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