upperdeckfan
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BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:40 pm

Heard this morning over a local radio station that most of BA ops in MAD & BCN are canceled due to a strike. I went to www.ba.com but couldn't find any info,

Any insider?
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Boeingluvr
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BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:49 pm

Not again. First FA's now this... Almost ruined my trip in Feb.
 
DigbyDude
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BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:52 pm

I was at MAD last night for 3 hours as the 461 was cancelled and they were having a lot of problems getting me on a flight to LHR today due to the strike.

No mention of any strike on BA's site, but the first flight (455) seems to have left on time.

A.
 
FLVILLA
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BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:58 pm

There's no BA strike that I've been made aware of, for now this summer for BA should be strike-free. Hard to believe I know but things can change.

Ironically VS fa's are balloting for strike action soon.
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trekster
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BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:32 pm

Strike???

No strikes at all. There have been problems over the weekend with some euro flights canx due to crew, that may be the problem, but no strike.

Id think it would be all over the news if there were.

And why on earth strike ex london!!!!!
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DigbyDude
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BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:35 pm

The BA staff at MAD told me last night that they were striking from today the 25th - Friday. Something to do with BA merging their staff in Spain into Iberia (not sure on the details).

It is on the radio and on several Spanish websites too.

A.
 
davescj
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BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:52 pm

Could be a wildcat strike, and/or only limited to the gate agents/staff in MAD, and as such doen't effect all of BA, and doesn't apply to flight crews.
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DigbyDude
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BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:06 pm

Spanish newspaper El Pais states that the BA ground staff are on strike in Madrid and Barcelona until July 31st.

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/econo.../elpepueco/20070625elpepueco_1/Tes

BA have brought in people from London and Paris in order to maintain service, although the newspaper also states that doing this is illegal.

A.
 
upperdeckfan
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BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:54 pm

You can see a warning note (in english) from AENA web page (AENA is the body that runs all spanish major airports) about the strke called by BA ground staff at MAD & BCN

http://www.aena.es/csee/Satellite?pagename=Home&lang=EN_GB

Seems like the call had no success since flights have been on time this morning.

Union leaders are saying that BA have brought personnel from France and UK to break the strike, just heard an interview on local radio that they are calling for the police to check documentation.

The issue is BA transfering all ground staff to IB.
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aswissinmad
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RE: BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:25 pm

Was working in MAD T4 this morning. At 4.30AM i saw the BA workers get ready in the employee parking lot with signs and white t-shirts with slogans on them. By 5 they were protesting in front of the BA desks. The BA Sales counter remained closed until I left at 11AM and long lines formed at the few checkin counters that were staffed by staff from other stations.

BA decided to sub-contract its ground activities in MAD (and BCN) to Iberia, transferring all their staff to the Spanish airline. Initially, they will keep their salary, but will pretty much start at the bottom on IB's employee scale, thus they will never get a payraise - that's if IB doesn't find a way to fire them.
IB is a horrible company to work for.... some people there have been on temporary contracts for more than 6 years now ... morale is in general very low, and only those hired more than 15-20 years ago have okay working conditions ... but then those are the most incompetent ones at IB (they don't even speak English and have no customer service skills whatsover) and they are only there because they are relatives of some IB managers (enchufados) ... i have contacts with IB employees everyday as they handle the checkin/ramp at my airline and my work is to supervise them.

Many workers here at the airport chose NOT to work for a Spanish airline, because they're such a joke when it comes to contracts and working conditions. It really sucks to work for a good, profitable airline like BA and then being simply dumped to one of the worst airline in the world.
I think BA should review this kind of strategy .... not sure BA pax will like having non-English speaking IB staff handle them. And those BA workers are on strike because they actually want to keep on working for BA. They are not asking for more money or anything like that... they just want to stay at BA becasue they love their jobs!
 
vv701
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RE: BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:52 pm

BA457 MAD-LHR scheduled at 1405 hours local landed at 1410 hours so there does not seem to be a problem.

It is interesting to learn that the check in staff used for their own flights by BA are not those used by IB staff for their flights as all the BA and IB flights between MAD and LHR are code-share flights, 5 operated with BA metal and 8 operated with IB metal.

BA has a 10 per cent equity stake in IB. They are currently cooperating with other potential investors who may bid for the other 90 per cent. So you can understand why the two airlines should use the same ground staff.
 
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RE: BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:46 am

Quoting Aswissinmad (Reply 9):
think BA should review this kind of strategy .... not sure BA pax will like having non-English speaking IB staff handle them. And those BA workers are on strike because they actually want to keep on working for BA. They are not asking for more money or anything like that... they just want to stay at BA becasue they love their jobs!

BA has been nasty with its overseas staff lately. They closed many travel shops like the ones in Vienna, Paris and Geneva and they wanted to transfer the staff to other handling companies at airports. They may reduce costs like that but at the end BA will loose a quality product cause the people who were working with BA were giving a good customer service cause BA is a good company to work for. Now BA cutomers will be handled by third comapnies and the service won't be personal anymore and sometimes it will be very bad. But I guess WW does not care that much untill he faces strikes from those handling agents!!!!
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RE: BA Ground Staff Strike At MAD & BCN

Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:12 am

I noticed this practice of BA outsourcing ground staff yesterday at CDG. BA uniforms with servisair neckchiefs, looked a mess and I really missed full BA uniforms that give a good solid brand sense to the traveller,

Sam
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